Josh Jacobs was able to return to practice on Thursday after missing the previous two weeks due to ankle/toe injuries. While this is encouraging news for the Raiders, head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders put a stop to the celebrations after today’s practice.
Gruden refused to say whether Jacobs will be able to play on Monday night. In fact, he described the third-year running back as “very questionable” heading into the Chargers’ Week 4 matchup. In a post-practice press conference, Gruden said, “We’ll have to see how it goes in the next few days.” “I’d say his current status is highly questionable..” But it’s good to see everyone back in the gym. ”
Jacobs injured his ankle in a win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. The former first-round draft pick rushed for 34 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the overtime win, continuing his strong performance from last year’s Pro-Bowl season.
Veteran running back Peyton Barber has stepped up big in Jacobs’ absence. The sixth-year backup rushed for a game-high 111 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. In addition, he had three receptions for 31 yards. Gruden feels perfectly comfortable using Barber as a primary back if Jacobs is unable to go.
With this solid production, Gruden feels perfectly comfortable using Barber as a primary back if Jacobs is unable to go. “After what he did against the Dolphins, we’re not going to hesitate one bit to put him in a primary role,” he said. In a tough matchup against the Chargers on Monday night, the Raiders will look to maintain their surprising undefeated record. The game will begin at 8:15 p.m. in SoFi Stadium. Nokia News