The NFL made an announcement on Thursday that Sunday’s match-up between the Buccaneers and Raiders, originally scheduled for 8:20 p.m. on NBC, will now kick-off at 4:05 p.m. on FOX.
The reasoning for the move was explained by the league as an insurance decision to make sure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football.
Raiders tackle Trent Brown was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. The team also sent home all five of its starting offensive linemen from practice as a result. NFL’s statement:
“Out of an abundance of caution to ensure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football.”
The NFL and NFLPA are reviewing the #Raiders’ recent COVID-19 issues, including a positive test for RT Trent Brown, who they believe hadn’t been consistently wearing his tracking device, and video of offensive linemen hanging out together without masks, per sources.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 22, 2020
The Seahawks and Cardinals game will now be played Sunday night.
Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders game now shifted to this Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Seahawks at Cardinals game now moved to this Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. ET.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2020