After coach Jon Gruden said on Monday he wasn’t optimistic that his injured players would be able to play in a pivotal AFC home game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders got a mixed bag of news as they began the practice week.
Second-year safety Johnathan Abram did practice on a limited basis, however, star second-year running back Josh Jacobs did not.
Both players missed the Raiders’ 31-28 win at the New York Jets last Sunday. Abram has a knee injury, while Jacobs is dealing with an ankle injury.
Barring a setback, Abram has a chance to play against the Colts. Jacobs — who was hurt in Week 12 at the Atlanta Falcons — would likely have to practice Thursday or Friday to have a chance to play against the Colts, who are one of the best run defensive teams in the NFL. Jacobs hasn’t practice since he was hurt, while Abram missed all of last week’s practices.
Fellow defensive backs Jeff Heath (safety) and Damon Arnette (cornerback) didn’t practice on Wednesday after they were both hurt against the Jets
Meanwhile, right tackle Trent Brown practiced with the first-team offense for the first time in more than a month as he works his way back from dealing with COVID-19 issues. He hasn’t played since Week 5. Barring a setback, Brown could have a chance to play on Sunday.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr simply said it was “lovely” to have Brown back and he said Brown is the best in the world at his position.
Gruden said defensive back Daryl Worley — who was signed this week — won’t play Sunday, but perhaps he has a chance to play in a Week 15 Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Chargers.