Report: Raiders, Saints Have No New Positive COVID Cases Ahead of Sunday Games

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) prepares to hand off the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
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The Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints reportedly recorded no positive COVID-19 test results Saturday or Sunday and remain on track to play their respective Week 7 games Sunday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday's negative results, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting Sunday's results.

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero provided further details about an update to the league's coronavirus protocols:

The Raiders placed offensive tackle Trent Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. The remainder of their starting offensive lineRodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Denzelle Good and Kolton Millerand safety Johnathan Abram were added to the reserve list as "high-risk contacts."

While Brown is unavailable this week, the other linemen are eligible to play in Sunday's game, per Schefter. Abram will not be available, having had close contact with Brown a day later than the other linemen, per Josh Dubow of the Associated Press.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden told reporters Friday that the Raiders will "be ready to go" for Sunday's home clash with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also praised the team's overall work to combat COVID-19:

"Like I said, I'm really proud of our team, our coaches, and our trainers have done a great job. There are protocols that are updated during this process, and safety is paramount. Everybody's safety is paramount, and I'm proud of the NFL, proud to be in this league right now playing during this pandemic. So we're going to have to do what we have to do to make sure we keep our players safe, and that's what we're doing."

Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET at Allegiant Stadium.

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Meanwhile, Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

New Orleans will also be without top target Michael Thomas because of hamstring and ankle injuries, leaving quarterback Drew Brees with a makeshift pass-catching group for Sunday's showdown with the Carolina Panthers.

Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris are the other receivers on the roster. Running back Alvin Kamara, who's always a factor in the passing game, and tight end Jared Cook will also likely be more involved.

The Saints and Panthers will kick off at 1 p.m. ET at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.