When the Oakland Raiders take the field this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the offense could welcome back rookie tailback Josh Jacobs. He missed last weekend’s game due to a shoulder injury.
Jacobs is one of the frontrunners to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year. After all, he’s the first rookie in Raiders history to have over 1,000 rushing yards.
Unfortunately for the Alabama product, he’s dealt with a nagging injury for nearly two months. It forced him to sit out last Sunday, but it sounds like he’s nearing a return.
Per NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders expect Jacobs to play this weekend. His MRI results were positive and the team believes it’ll only be a one-week absence.
#Raiders RB Josh Jacobs underwent an MRI on his ailing shoulder after not playing on Sunday. But the scans checked out very positively, sources say, and Jacobs is expected to return to the field this week. Barring a setback, should be just a one-week absence.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2019
Oakland relied on DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard this past weekend to fill the void left behind by Jacobs.
Although the Raiders’ chances of making the playoffs are slim to none, the return of Jacobs should rejuvenate the locker room. He’s undeniably the team’s most electrifying player on offense.
With the first injury report for this week scheduled to come out later this afternoon, it’ll be interesting to see if Jacobs is a full or limited participant during Wednesday’s practice.