Jon Gruden: We’ll be ready to go Sunday

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The Raiders’ preparation for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers hit a snag when right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Brown’s contacts with the team’s other starting offensive linemen and safety Johnathan Abram led to those players being held out of practice all week as well. Based on the timing of his contact with Brown, Abram is not going to play this weekend but Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said “there’s a good chance those men will be back soon” in reference to the offensive line.

Whatever happens on that front, Gruden said his team will be set to play a game that was moved from Sunday night to Sunday afternoon.

“We’re going to play Sunday at 1 o’clock they tell me, and we’ll be ready to go. . . . You can still get a lot of work done,” Gruden said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “So, we’ve had a good week of practice and like I said, we’ll be ready to go.”

The Raiders have had issues with following COVID-19 protocols this season and could be disciplined again with the league looking into whether Brown was wearing the contact tracker that all players are supposed to wear this year.

4 responses to “Jon Gruden: We’ll be ready to go Sunday

  1. This is really confusing. How can Gruden seemingly not be sure if these guys will be able to play or not? What exactly is the criteria is from the NFL? Is it a certain number of days after contact? Or so many consecutive negative tests? With either of those you should be able to compute with absolute certainty when the quarantine period was ending (assuming they never test positive). So, what’s the talk about them being cleared “soon”?

  2. Weird the game was moved up for the Raiders but all the other teams their games was moved back.

  3. Gruden is just cashing checks right now but the business model is great. Marc is not stupid and he has the $$$$$. It is what it is.

  4. What else can he say? The league clearly gives preferential treatment to certain organizations!

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