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Report: Josh Jacobs has ankle sprain

There’s hope Raiders’ running back’s injury is not serious

Las Vegas Raiders v Atlanta Falcons
Josh Jacobs
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UPDATE: Good news, Raiders’ Josh Jacobs is expected to play this week.

A terrible loss at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday looked like it might have gotten worse when Las Vegas Raiders star running back Josh Jacobs left the game with an apparent ankle injury.

Luckily, members of the NFL media are reporting that Jacobs has an ankle sprain that may not be as bad as it looked on the field. After the game, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he was concerned about Jacobs’ injury, as well as a concussions suffered by rookie cornerback Damon Arnette and an ankle injury suffered by guard Denzelle Good. Jacobs received tests on his ankle on Monday morning.

This report offers hope, but a sprained ankle could keep Jacobs out for some games, depending on its severity. It might be tough for the Raiders to get Jacobs ready for Sunday’s game at the 0-11 New York Jets. If Jacobs, who missed three games as a rookie in 2019, can’t play, Devontae Booker will start.

Backup Jalen Richard should be back. He was out with an illness against the Falcons. Fellow backup running back Theo Riddick has missed the past two games as he has been on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.

All of the injury issues should be updated when Gruden talks to the media at 1 p.m. PT Monday.