Las Vegas Raiders, Jon Gruden Make COVID-19 Case Clear

Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr.

Henderson, Nev. -- The Las Vegas Raiders made their point very clear to their players that COVID-19 can strike anyone at any time.

When the players logged on to a Zoom call in which they were expecting to see Coach Jon Gruden, they saw assistant Rich Bisaccia instead. The team was informed that Gruden had contracted the COVID-19 virus. 

Later, they were told the truth—it was just a drill of sorts, and Gruden was fine—but the point appeared to get across. The Raiders organization and their head coach wanted them to understand that the virus can strike anyone, at any time.

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported: "This virus that Gruden himself said that 'that they want to crush,' could pop up and it doesn't discriminate. This is something that we could face at some point in the season whether it is our head coach or our starting quarterback, whatever."

It was recently announced that there will be no fans in the Allegiant Stadium this season, as a health precaution during this pandemic.  The four preseason games have also been canceled as the National Football League attempts to save the season and maintain optimum safety for their players and fans.

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B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

agree. Love chucky

Hikaru Kudo
Hikaru Kudo


This was a brilliant exercise by Gruden and co. The players must be prepared for anything to happen at any given time. They can't be dependent on another player "doing their job" because they could be gone next week. It's important for the players and coaches that is, to understand that COVID-19 can hit anyone at anytime and therefore game plans, strategies and lineups could change at any time.