The Raiders designated left guard Kelechi Osemele as questionable the Friday before a Week 5 contest against the L.A. Chargers with a knee injury.
The Pro Bowl lineman then didn’t make the Saturday trip to Los Angeles with his team, leaving no chance he would play that Sunday at StubHub! Center.
The Raiders didn’t downgrade his status, however, and that's a violation of NFL rules on injury disclosure. They were fined $20,000 by the NFL for that misstep, a source confirmed Thursday.
A questionable player’s status often is determined the day before the game or in pregame warm-ups, but Osemele’s status was clear when he didn’t get on the plane. He should’ve been downgraded to out Saturday afternoon, per NFL rules.
As the NFL regular season approaches, assuming the rise in COVID-19 cases doesn’t cancel it, the Raiders are having ongoing internal discussions about a number of different options and approaches for a rabid season-ticket base that completely sold out brand new Allegiant Stadium.
As the Raiders continue to sort through the situation, they have indefinitely pushed back the deadline for final payment on 2020 season tickets. Meanwhile, longtime Raiders fans like Kenny King Jr., a Northern California resident and 2020 season-ticket holder, is holding out hope he will be front and center when the Raiders play their first season in Las Vegas.
“I definitely do intend to go to games this year and have already booked for the opener and Chiefs games,” said King, the son of former Raiders running back Kenny King.
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