Josh Jacobs (shoulder/illness) has been downgraded to OUT for Sunday’s game at Denver. #OAKvsDEN— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) December 28, 2019
Jacobs’ change in status leaves Richie Incognito as the only Raider whose status for Sunday is still in doubt.
Jacobs’ injury was designated as a shoulder/illness. If that illness is a separate issue from his minor surgery to remove a skin infection on Wednesday night, Jacobs may simply be dealing with too many maladies to be on the field.
Jacobs will finish the regular season with 242, 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns across 13 games. He added 20 catches for 166 yards through the air.
With Jacobs out, Raider fans have another thing to hold their breath over this week: Jacob’s ROY candidacy.
With A.J. Brown on a recent tear and Brown’s former Ole Miss teammate D.K. Metcalf in a similar spot, there’s an outside chance that one of those two receivers could have a tremendous final outing and sway voters with recency bias.
Regardless of whether Jacobs wins the award or not, sitting him is the right move here. He’s the back of the future for this franchise and the team shouldn’t jeopardize his health any further.
If the Raiders defy the odds to make the playoffs, Jacobs could be back for the wildcard matchup after sitting out three of the last four weeks in the regular season.