Ahead of a game the Raiders must win to keep their fading playoff hopes alive, Josh Jacobs is considered a game-time decision and may not play after being designated as questionable on Friday.
#Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder), who is trying to play through a broken shoulder plate, is a true game-time decision, source say. No guaranteed he can play today, thought he’s trying.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2019
Jacobs did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday and was limited in practice on Friday as the Raiders try to save his workload for Sundays. In a press conference this week, offensive coordinator Greg Olson spoke about managing Jacobs’ pain:
“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,” Olson said. “Our training staff has done a great job really throughout the week making sure he’s ready to go on Sundays.”
Jacobs revealed earlier this week on social media that he’s been playing through a fractured right shoulder suffered against the Packers in Week 7. The fact that he’s been able to fight through it until this point suggests that he will likely be ready to go. But the Raiders shouldn’t do anything to jeopardize the future health of their offensive centerpiece.
With Trent Brown and Hunter Renfrow out, missing Jacobs would be devastating for the offense.