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Josh Jacobs sits out second straight practice

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is dealing with a shoulder injury that is sidelining him in practice. We break down the fantasy football implications heading into Week 14.

Frank Clark of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles Josh Jacobs of the Oakland Raiders for a loss in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is dealing with a shoulder injury and is in question as the Week 14 practice week moves along. He sat out practice on Wednesday and was once again a DNP on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Jacobs posted something on Snapchat saying that he fractured his shoulder in Week 7 and has been playing with that injury ever since. Head coach Jon Gruden wouldn’t give specifics on the injury other than to say he has been “playing through a lot,” but offensive coordinator Greg Olson offered a little more, per beat writer Matt Kawahara:

“Well, we manage them throughout the week,” Olson said. “And we’re aware of that. I think we would never put a player in harm. But we’ve managed him. And he’s been honest with us in terms of the injury. And our training staff has done a great job really throughout the week making sure that he’s ready to go on Sundays.”

Fantasy football analysis: Raiders RB Josh Jacobs

The Raiders face a solid matchup against the Titans, who have given up the 13th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Jacobs seems like the kind of back who even as a rookie can play with a limited or non-existent practice week.

That being said, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington would end up splitting work if Jacobs couldn’t play. Richard is more likely to get early down work while Washington would get passing down work. Neither would be a good start outside of deeper leagues.