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Josh Jacobs had unexpected lower leg surgery on Christmas [UPDATE]

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had surgery on his lower leg on Christmas. We break down the fantasy football implications in Week 17.

Running back Josh Jacobs of the Oakland Raiders rushes up field against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at RingCentral Coliseum on December 15, 2019 in Oakland, California. Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

UPDATE: Josh Jacobs’ lower leg surgery is still undisclosed but it appears it hasn’t changed his status for Week 17 against the Broncos according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. His shoulder is his main problem, but he still has a chance to play.

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had a Christmas surprise for himself and his fans. Jacobs posted an Instagram story in which he showed himself checked into the hospital and getting some kind of surgical procedure on his lower leg. He described it as the “fastest surgery ever.”

Jacobs has been dealing with a shoulder injury and is likely to get surgery once the Raiders’ season is complete. This is a new injury, and one has to imagine it will keep him sidelined in Week 17 against the Denver Broncos. The Raiders return to practice later in the day on Thursday and Jon Gruden will get plenty of questions about Jacobs.

If Jacobs ($6,300 at DraftKings) sits, DeAndre Washington ($5,200) would start in his place and Jalen Richard ($3,800) would be the third down back. The Raiders need a win and several other results to make the playoffs. It’s possible, but they’re long shots behind the Titans and Steelers.