Josh Jacobs

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #8
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #8
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Josh Jacobs News

Diagnosed with contusion

Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said Jacobs sustained a chest contusion in Sunday's 33-22 win over the Eagles, but the running back is expected to be fine for the Raiders' next game Nov. 7 against the Giants, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Though the injury knocked him out of the Raiders' Week 7 game early, Jacobs likely would have stood a good chance at playing next weekend, if Las Vegas had a game. Instead, Jacobs will benefit from an extra week of rest with the Raiders on bye Week 8, which should put him in strong position to practice fully in advance of the matchup with the Giants. Jacobs at least rewarded fantasy managers with a touchdown before his early departure against the Eagles, while also chipping in 68 yards from scrimmage on nine touches (six carries, three catches).

Oct 25, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Avoided major injury

Jacobs (chest) likely avoided a serious injury in Sunday's game against the Eagles, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Raiders have a well-timed Week 8 bye, which will give the banged-up Jacobs extra time to heal up after he exited Sunday's 33-22 win early. Jacobs battled toe and ankle injuries early in the season, but he has gotten on a roll lately and extended his touchdown streak to three games prior to hurting his chest against Philly.

Oct 24, 2021 5:06 PM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Jacobs exited Sunday's game against the Eagles with a chest injury.

Analysis: Prior to departing the contest, Jacobs had logged six carries for 29 yards and a TD and caught three passes for 39 yards. With Peyton Barber inactive Sunday, Kenyan Drake is next up for the Raiders' carries, with Jalen Richard on hand for change-of-pace looks.

Oct 24, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Finds the end zone

Jacobs ran for 53 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries while catching his only target for 29 yards against Denver on Sunday.

Analysis: Jacobs was somewhat plodding in the ground game with just 3.3 yards per carry, but he provided a steadying presence for the Raiders as they protected a lead for most of the game. The 29-yard reception is hopefully a good omen for Jacobs' rushing efficiency in upcoming games, because he has generally struggled from scrimmage through four games (3.2 yards per carry, 5.5 yards per target). Jacobs' investors will hope he can maintain his touchdown production going forward, though hopefully with more yardage to show. He gets the Eagles in Week 7.

Oct 17, 2021 5:01 PM EST

Cleared to face Broncos

Jacobs (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Broncos after returning to a limited practice Friday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Jacobs missed Thursday's practice session, but the running back's limited participation Friday and subsequent final listing on the Raiders' Week 6 injury report sets the stage for him to head the team's rushing attack this weekend against a stout Denver defense that has allowed an average of 85.4 rushing yards to date. Meanwhile, Peyton Barber (toe) is available to spell Jacobs in early-down situations Sunday, while Kenyan Drake and possibly Jalen Richard are slated to work in change-of-pace roles versus the Broncos.

Oct 15, 2021 2:28 PM EST

Makes late appearance at practice

Jacobs (illness) made an appearance at Friday's practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Initially, Jacobs wasn't present at the start of the media portion of the session, per Reed, but the running back appears as if he'll get into some drills. Jacobs showed up on Thursday's practice report as a non-participant due to an illness, so it'll be interesting to see how he's listed Friday, both in terms of activity level and for Sunday's game at Denver.

Oct 15, 2021 11:50 AM EST

Another absence Friday

Jacobs (illness) didn't practice Friday, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In a rarity this season, Jacobs didn't appear on the first injury report of Week 6 prep, only to show up as a non-participant Thursday due to an illness. The ailment is keeping him out of drills for a second straight session Friday, so it remains to be seen how the Raiders will list him for Sunday's contest at Denver. Another absence for Jacobs likely would result in Peyton Barber handling most of the early down work out of the backfield, while Kenyan Drake and Jalen Richard would be poised for more snaps than usual.

Oct 15, 2021 11:33 AM EST

Comes down with illness

Jacobs didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Jacobs just can't avoid the injury report this season. While he avoided it entirely Wednesday, he made yet another appearance Thursday, only this time for non-injury reasons. It's unclear whether the illness is related to COVID-19, but his status should be watched closely to get a sense of his potential to play Sunday at Denver. If Jacobs sits out for the third time this season, Payton Barber likely would got most of the work on early downs, with Kenyan Drake and Jalen Richard serving as change-of-pace options out of the Raiders backfield.

Oct 14, 2021 4:46 PM EST

Salvages day with TD

Jacobs rushed 15 times for 48 yards and a touchdown and brought in four of five targets for 19 yards in the Raiders' 20-9 loss to the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: Jacobs was once again the unequivocal lead back, but for the third consecutive game, his overall rushing touches were limited by game script. The third-year back was able to give his overall fantasy numbers a nice boost by finding the end zone from one yard out early in the fourth quarter, his first touchdown since Week 1. The 15 carries Jacobs saw did qualify as a season high, and he'll hope to have even more opportunity on the ground in a Week 6 road matchup against the Broncos.

Oct 10, 2021 5:49 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Jacobs (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Jacobs was limited Wednesday, but his return to a full session Thursday paves the way for him to continue to head the Raiders' backfield Sunday against the Bears. With fellow RB Peyton Barber sidelined by a toe injury and change-of-pace back Kenyan Drake having logged limited touches in Week 4, Jacobs figures to be busy this weekend against a Chicago defense that has allowed an average of 112.0 rushing yards per game to date.

Oct 7, 2021 2:47 PM EST

Limited at practice

Jacobs (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: After missing back-to-back games, Jacobs returned to action in Monday night's loss to the Chargers, logging 36 of a possible 57 snaps on offense, while carrying 13 times for 40 yards and catching all five of his targets for 17 yards. With no reported setbacks in the contest, we suspect that Jacobs' limitations Wednesday were indicative of rep management versus an injury setback. Meanwhile, fellow RB Peyton Barber missed the Raiders' first practice of the week with a toe injury and is in danger of missing this Sunday's game against the Bears.

Oct 6, 2021 2:54 PM EST

High usage in return

Jacobs rushed 13 times for 40 yards and caught all five of his targets for 17 yards in Monday night's 28-14 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Jacobs made his first appearance since Week 1 but found it tough to move the ball against Los Angeles' rush defense. On the bright side, he contributed a handful of receptions in the passing game, overall garnering a healthy 18 touches in his return to Las Vegas' backfield. That involvement should offer encouragement surrounding Jacobs' stock as he aims to put his early-season injury concerns behind him and look ahead to Week 5's matchup against the Bears.

Oct 4, 2021 8:55 PM EST

Returning from two-game absence

Jacobs (ankle) is listed as active Monday against the Chargers in L.A.

Analysis: After sitting out the past two games due to ankle and toe injuries, Jacobs is back in action following limited showings at every Week 4 practice. His workload remains to be seen, though. There's a chance he shares early-down work with Peyton Barber and yields most change-of-pace duties to Kenyan Drake, but Jacobs nonetheless is available to the Raiders offense again.

Oct 4, 2021 3:49 PM EST

Game-time decision for Monday

Jacobs (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Chargers and will likely be a game-time decision, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jacobs was spotted participating in Saturday's practice, but the Raiders have been understandably cautious with the 2019 first-round pick, holding him out each of the last two weeks. According to coach Jon Gruden, Jacobs will be put through a pre-game gauntlet to determine his status ahead of the divisional contest. While the team spent lavishly on the acquisition of Kenyan Drake this offseason, it's been veteran castoff Peyton Barber who has taken on a heavy workload with Jacobs sidelined, logging a 23-111-1 rushing line in last week's win over the Dolphins. Expect to see another heavy dose of Barber in the event Jacobs is sidelined Monday.

Oct 2, 2021 12:53 PM EST

Logs another limited practice

Jacobs (ankle) remained limited at practice Friday.

Analysis: Jacobs, who missed the Raiders' last two games, is making progress having logged back-to-back limited practice sessions, but coach Jon Gruden indicated Thursday that the running back is viewed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Chargers. Saturday's final injury report will confirm whether that is indeed Jacobs' Week 4 designation, but if he's limited or out versus Los Angeles, Peyton Barber - who logged a 23/111/1 rushing line and caught three passes in a Week 3 win over Miami -- would once again be in line for added work in the Raiders' ground game in tandem with Kenyan Drake.

Oct 1, 2021 3:48 PM EST

Back at practice

Jacobs (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Jacobs, who has missed two straight games, was unable to practice at all last week, so his return to the field Thursday is no doubt a step in the right direction. However, when asked about the running back's chances of playing Monday night against the Chargers, coach Jon Gruden said, "we'll see. I'd say he's questionable at the moment." If Jacobs is out or limited Monday, Peyton Barber would once again be in line for added work in the Raiders' rushing attack in tandem with Kenyan Drake.

Sep 30, 2021 12:54 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Jacobs (ankle)is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: With Jacobs missing his second straight contest, the Raiders will once again turn to Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber to share the team's backfield duties Sunday. It's a time-share that resulted in Drake logging seven carries for nine yards and five catches for 46 yards (on 47 snaps), while Barber recorded 13 carries for 32 yards (on 19 snaps) in the Raiders' 26-17 victory Pittsburgh in Week 2. While Barber figures to maintain an early-down/short-yardage presence and looks like a TD-dependent fantasy play this week, Drake's ability to contribute as a pass-catcher gives him a degree of PPR utility versus Miami.

Sep 26, 2021 11:39 AM EST

Doubtful for Week 3

Jacobs (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: With Jacobs trending toward his second straight missed game, Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber are in line to share the Raiders' backfield duties once again this weekend. It's an arrangement that yielded Drake seven carries for nine yards and five catches for 46 yards (on 47 snaps) and Barber 13 carries for 32 yards (on 19 snaps) in the Raiders' Week 2 win over the Steelers.

Sep 24, 2021 12:46 PM EST

Logs another DNP

Jacobs (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Jacobs was also listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's session. With Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal having previously relayed that coach Jon Gruden considered the running back "very questionable" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, it looks as though Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber are trending toward continuing to share the Raiders' backfield duties this weekend.

Sep 23, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Logs practice absence

Jacobs (toe/ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Per Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, coach Jon Gruden previously referred to Jacobs as "very questionable" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. The running back's absence from practice Wednesday would seem to reinforce his cloudy Week 3 status. If Jacobs is sidelined once again this weekend, Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber would continue to handle the team's backfield duties versus Miami.

Sep 22, 2021 12:35 PM EST

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