The Las Vegas Raiders have announced the activation of three players from the COVID-19 list, bringing in major help at key positions prior to their Week 13 game against the New York Jets.
Tackle Trent Brown, safety Lamarcus Joyner and running back Theo Riddick have were activated from Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.
Riddick has spent the least time sidelined. He was placed on the COVID-19 list on Nov. 21, before the Week 11 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He had seen some playing time on Weeks 8 and 9 against divisional rivals Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos. Riddick will most likely be reverted to the practice squad.
The next one up is Joyner, the defensive back who has played inside, outside corner, and his natural position of safety.
This was Joyner’s second stint on the COVID-19 list.
The first time he was placed on the list was on Nov. 17, when the Raiders unexpectedly surged in cases during their bye week. He was then activated prior to Week 7 and was placed back on the list on Nov. 22.
After spending a few weeks on the list, Joyner will rejoin the Raiders. His versatility has been missed in the secondary and having him back will surely improve the Raiders' defense.
The last one returning to the Raiders is Brown, who has had a troubling time with COVID-19 and its protocols.
Brown returns to the team for the second time as well.
The first time he was listed on the list was during the bye week in Week 6, and he was then activated to play against the Cleveland Browns, but was feeling under the weather.
Brown would later be placed back on the list on Nov. 5 prior to Week 9 against the Chargers.
Nearly a month after being placed on the list, Brown will return to an offensive line that has had a lot of moving pieces. The Raiders struggled a week ago against the Falcons, but they have moved on and look to move forward against the Jets.
The much-added depth across the roster only helps the Raiders. Whether they get enough practice and playing time, having them on the roster is key, especially when the pandemic is surging in cases across the league.
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