There is still some injury intrigue involving the Las Vegas Raiders’ big AFC home game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Coach Jon Gruden said Friday that key cogs right tackle Trent Brown, starting tailback Josh Jacobs and starting safety Johnathan Abram are all questionable to play Sunday. Brown is not listed on the injury report, however, which was released after Gruden spoke to the media.
All three players practiced in some capacity this week. Gruden said he wants to see how all three players feel Saturday before deciding whether they play. It wouldn’t be a shock if all three players do, indeed, face the Colts this week.
Brown hasn’t played in two months due to COVID-19 issues. Jacobs (ankle) and Abram (knee) missed last week’s win over the New York Jets.
While there is hope for those three players Sunday against the Colts, starting cornerback Damon Arnette and safety Jeff Heath have both been ruled out because of concussions they suffered against the Jets. Nevin Lawson will probably play for Arnette, a first-round pick from Ohio State. If Abram can’t play, slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and backup corneback Isaiah Johnson (who is listed as questionable with a groin injury) could be in the mix at safety.
Meanwhile, Gruden said Marcus Mariota will remain Derek Carr’s backup quarterback for the second straight week. Nathan Peterman will be the No. 3 quarterback and likely be inactive along with Arnette and Heath. Gruden said Mariota’s improved health helped him regain the No. 2 job. He was the backup in training camp and then went on the injured reserve with a pec injury. Peterman remained the backup for several weeks when Mariota returned.