Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell has tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Raiders placed Ferrell — along with safety Lamarcus Joyner — on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.
#Raiders DE Clelin Ferrell tested positive for COVID-19, per me and @TomPelissero, which is why he’s on the reserve list. That likely means he’s out for Sunday. Safety Lamarcus Joyner was a close contact, and if he tests negative, he could play.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2020
Based on Clelin Ferrell’s Instagram story, Sunday doesn’t look promising for him. pic.twitter.com/hSJPmrRQ7v— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) November 18, 2020
Ferrell’s presumed upcoming absence against the Chiefs is significant based upon his performance in Las Vegas’ 40-32 win over Kansas City back in Week 5. It could be argued that Ferrell was the Raiders’ best player in that game, as he picked up nine pressures of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He also registered three tackles and a pass defensed in the game.
Earlier this week, the Chiefs added both of their starting tackles — Eric Fisher and Mitch Schwartz — on to their reserve/COVID-19 list. Ferrell would have made for quite a challenge for a backup if he had to play in place of Fisher.