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HENDERSON, Nev. — Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther lamented his defense being decimated with so many players on the reserve/COVID-19 list and self-isolating this week, ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I don’t know how we can beat these guys with a full lineup at practice, let alone three-fourths of your lineup not here all week,” Guenther said Thursday in his weekly Zoom call with media.
“What don’t they have? We’re playing the world champs. What don’t they have? They have a great quarterback, great receivers, great tight ends, line is physical. And they’re coming off a bye, so it’s a daunting task.”
Ten of the 11 Raiders players currently on the COVID list are defensive players: linebacker Cory Littleton, defensive ends Clelin Ferrell, Arden Key, Kendal Vickers and David Irving, defensive tackles Maliek Collins and Johnathan Hankins, safety Johnathan Abram, defensive back Lamarcus Joyner and cornerback Isaiah Johnson. Offensive tackle Trent Brown is also on the list.
While Littleton and Ferrell tested positive for the coronavirus, the other defensive players were deemed high-risk close contacts who must quarantine for five days from last contact. Should they