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Report: Josh Jacobs won’t play in Week 17

Josh Jacobs will miss three of his last four games of the season of his strong rookie campaign.

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Austin Calitro during the Raiders final game at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum before relocating to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. The Jaguars defeated the Raiders 20-16. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs will miss the final game of the 2019 season due to a lingering shoulder injury according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Raiders have a slim chance of sneaking into the playoffs if they can beat the Broncos and get wins by the Ravens, Texans and Colts and another win from one of the Bears, Lions, Chiefs or Patriots.

DeAndre Washington will again take the lead role with Jacobs out. He’ll face a decent Broncos run defense but has gotten a big enough workload when starting, that he has value this week in daily fantasy. And since the Raiders have some hope of making the playoffs, they should do their best to get a win.

Jacobs ends a strong rookie campaign with 242 carries for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns, along with 20 receptions for 166 yards. He is firmly in the Rookie of the Year race with Kyler Murray as his main competition.

Coach Jon Gruden ended up getting more wins than he probably should have out of a talent-deficient squad this season. If the team can bring in more talent and keep their offensive line playing well, Jacobs has a chance to continue his useful real-life and fantasy play for the foreseeable future.