FRIDAY UPDATE: Jacobs listed as questionable.
THURSDAY UPDATE: Josh Jacobs got in a second practice on Thursday.
Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has been having a standout rookie season, but his status for the final three weeks is in question. He injured his shoulder in Week 7 but gutted out what Ian Rapoport later described as a broken shoulder plate. He finally sat in Week 14, although numerous reports suggest it was a tough call to get him to sit.
On Monday, beat writer Vic Tafur asked Gruden if it made sense to play Jacobs or injured tackle Trent Brown again this season rather than getting them healthy for 2020.
“We are trying to win this last game in Oakland. And we’re not eliminated from the playoffs.”
The Raiders loss to the Titans dropped them two games back in the wild card with three games to go. They need a lot to go their way with two teams two games ahead of them, one team tied with them but ahead of in the tiebreaker, and one team tied with them but behind in the tiebreaker.
Gruden’s mention of this being the final game in Oakland is an interesting one, and adds to the possibility of Jacobs playing in Week 15. The team has three practices starting on Wednesday, so we’re going to have to wait and see what the injury report brings. He got in one limited session last week, but it was not enough to get back on the field.
DeAndre Washington played 40 snaps in Week 14 and Jalen Richard played 24. Washington had 14 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, along with six receptions for 43 yards. Richard had seven carries for 28 yards and two receptions for 18 yards. Washington appears to be the guy to own.