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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is OUT for Week 2 vs. Steelers

The Las Vegas Raiders are back at practice for Week 2. We break down the news that Josh Jacobs will not play in Week 2.

Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders rushes the football against the Baltimore Ravens during the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on September 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Josh Jacobs is out for Week 2, per ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. Kenyan Drake could share work with Peyton Barber, as head coach Jon Gruden said that this injury is an opportunity for Barber, per PFF’s Doug Kyed.

Friday update: Josh Jacobs wasn’t seen at practice on Friday, per The Athletic’s Tashan Reed. That would make three straight days with no practice for the Raiders starting back. We’ll get the final injury report later, which should help clarify if the team believes Jacobs could find a way onto the field against the Steelers. Jacobs played through a toe injury on Monday night and could possibly play through it again without any practice time, but in a tough matchup with the Steelers, he wouldn’t be a strong fantasy play.

Thursday update: Jacobs was not at practice on Thursday, according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. This makes two days in a row. A limited practice on Friday would go a long way toward his availability against the Steelers on Sunday.

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs did not practice on Wednesday due to toe and ankle injuries, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic. Jacobs said to reporters that he’ll miss a lot of practices on Wednesday for rest, but is quite banged up.

Fantasy football implications

The third-year running back was dealing with a couple of injuries on Monday night and had to be pulled out of the game at various times. Despite the injuries, Jacobs still managed to produce a team-leading 34 rushing yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns. He also added a reception for six yards.

That being said, it’s not great to hear that Jacobs is already banged up with 16 games left in the regular season. But the good news for the Raiders is they have a quality RB2 in Kenyan Drake, who can be a major factor in both the running and receiving games. Drake only had 11 yards on the ground, but also had 5 receptions (5 targets) for 59 yards. If you are unsure about Jacobs, then starting Drake is not a bad option for Week 2.