Raiders-Bucs Week 7 game no longer on SNF due to COVID-19 concerns

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The Raiders were scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 7, but the NFL announced Thursday afternoon that the game has been moved out of the primetime slot, with a matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks taking its place.

The league included in the statement that the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution” due to the recent COVID-19 concerns surrounding the Raiders, simply guaranteeing that there will be a game in the league’s primetime television slot.

The Raiders have had multiple players test positive since the team came off a bye this week, with first-round pick Damon Arnette and right tackle Trent Brown among the players placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.

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The Raiders sent all five starting offensive linemen home on Wednesday, and the group also was kept home on Thursday as contact tracing continues.

The NFL reportedly is investigating whether Brown followed COVID-19 protocols during the Raiders’ bye week. For an organization that already has been fined this season not wearing masks at Darren Waller’s charity event and improper mask use on the sideline by head coach Jon Gruden in Week 2, this is nothing short of a bad look.

The Raiders now are scheduled to play the Buccaneers at 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday, but this likely won’t be the last update we get from the league on the game’s status.

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