The Raiders linebacker competition will be down one man this training camp, as fourth-year linebacker Marquel Lee was placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday.
Lee has made 19 starts for the Raiders over his three seasons in the NFL, since the organization took him in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He was expected to compete for the starting weakside linebacker spot under defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
Rookie wideout Siaosi Mariner also was placed on the non-football illness list. Mariner was picked up by Las Vegas after going unselected in April's draft.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Tuesday compared rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards to Carr’s former Fresno State teammate and current Packers’ star Davante Adams. On Friday one of Edwards’ high school coaches said he has long seen similarities to another perennial All-Pro.
“He’s always reminded me of A.J. Green,” said Conway (S.C.) head coach Carlton Terry, who was an assistant when Edwards played there and coached against Green in high school. “They both just have that ability to make plays at receiver and return punts. Just men on the field in comparison to the other players. Not only did they stand out vertically, but for big men to have that athleticism is just so rare.”
Edwards’ natural gifts were evident from the moment he walked into Conway High School as a 13-year-old freshman.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Thursday talked about the need to adapt every day to the practice availability of his players.
It went without saying he was referring to the potential impact of COVID-19, the constant shadow he and the Raiders will be operating under this year.
By late afternoon, that possibility became a reality when Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby and running back Rod Smith were added to the COVID-19 injured reserve list.