The Las Vegas Raiders will be without a key man as they head into their Week 8 tilt against the Cleveland Browns. Raiders star offensive tackle Trent Brown was abruptly listed as unavailable before the game with an illness, but he didn’t show any COVID-19 related symptoms, per NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport.
Brown tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 21 and missed the Raiders’ last game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The offensive tackle had returned to practice this week, but he’s still out. He has only appeared in two games thus far this season.
On March 13, 2019, Brown signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Oakland Raiders with $36.75 million guaranteed, which made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. In 2019, he earned his first Pro Bowl appearance of his career after performing at a high level in 11 games.
Unfortunately, this season hasn’t gone as hoped for Brown. But despite the 45-20 blowout loss to the Buccaneers, the Raiders are still very much alive in the postseason race.
With a 3-3 record, the Raiders are currently in the second spot in the AFC West behind the Kansas City Chiefs. Even without Trent Brown protecting him, Derek Carr will hope to make things work against the Browns and get his team back in the win column. Cleveland’s defense has been porous this season, but Myles Garrett will look to wreak havoc without Brown out there.