The Raiders and Trainer Jon Gruden are about to pay a heavy price for the franchise's most recent COVID-19 incident.
Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported Thursday night, citing unnamed sources, that the NFL would be taking away a sixth round draft in 2021 that left the team with $ 500,000 and $ 150,000 in grounds for repeated coronavirus protocol violations the league will punish.
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The Raiders put Trent Brown back on the COVID list Thursday, the Bay Area News Group reported, after he was at the team's facility on Wednesday. The team hadn't commented on the transaction until Thursday evening, but MMQB's Albert Breer reported that Brown was experiencing complications from the virus. It is unknown if the move triggered the league's reported response.
Brown tested positive in October and then spent nine days in quarantine. A joint investigation by the league and the players' association later found that Brown temporarily did not wear a tracking device that supports contact tracing, Robinson reported.
The Raiders removed Brown from their COVID-19 reserve list ahead of their week 8 game in Cleveland on Sunday. Brown ultimately missed that game because of a botched intravenous feed before the game. While he was receiving the IV, air entered his bloodstream, making him sick and forcing him to go to the hospital overnight on Sunday.
Brown's test result marks the fourth major COVID-related incident the Raiders have been involved in this season. The others:
– Ten Las Vegas players, including quarterback Derek Carr, were fined a total of $ 165,000 for failing to follow masking guidelines at an indoor charity event in late September.
– Gruden was fined $ 100,000 after Week 2 for not wearing his mask properly on the sidelines. The raiders were fined $ 250,000 for the violation.
The league investigated whether the Raiders had allowed unauthorized persons into their locker room after the team's home game on September 21.
Gruden also fell ill with the virus in the off-season
Brown's return to the COVID reserve list raised questions about whether players who were in close contact with him at the time of his positive test are now considered high risk and need to miss this weekend's game against the Chargers.
The Bay Area News Group reported that the Raiders rolled back the safety of Johnathan Abram and Josh Jacobs as non-participants Thursday due to illness. Abram was on the COVID-19 list for the Raiders' week 7 game against the Buccaneers after contacting Brown after the October Test. Four offensive linemen from Las Vegas were quarantined but later cleared for this competition in time.