On Tuesday afternoon, the Las Vegas Raiders placed defensive end Clelin Ferrell and safety Lamarcus Joyner on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Just because they were placed on the list does not mean they have contracted the virus as it could also be that they came in close contact with someone that has. If the latter is the case then they will be away from the team practice facility for five days.
If they both test negative over that five-day span though, then both Ferrell and Joyner would be eligible to return in time for the Raiders’ big Week 11 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.
Unfortunately, it was later reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Ferrell tested positive, so he will certainly be out against the Chiefs. Joyner was only a close contact though, meaning he could potentially play:
#Raiders DE Clelin Ferrell tested positive for COVID-19, per me and @TomPelissero, which is why he’s on the reserve list. That likely means he’s out for Sunday. Safety Lamarcus Joyner was a close contact, and if he tests negative, he could play.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2020
Raiders linebacker Cory Littleton missed this past weekend’s game due to a positive coronavirus test, so he likely will not be able to return in time for the game against the Chiefs either.
If Ferrell is forced to miss the game against the Chiefs then the Raiders defense, which has looked much improved over the last few weeks, would be without a key starter
In nine games this season, Ferrell has 19 total tackles, three tackles for loss and seven quarterback hits. Joyner has 46 total tackles, five tackles for loss and three passes defensed.
Coronavirus concerns have been prevalent for the Raiders all season long but they have continued to fight through adversity to earn a 6-3 record so far, so hopefully that is the case once again with Ferrell missing time.