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Raiders running back Josh Jacobs will play against Ravens

Star tailback was questionable with an illness

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
Josh Jacobs
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The worry surrounding the Las Vegas Raiders in the past 24 hours has been alleviated.

Josh Jacobs will play Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Raiders announced their inactive players for the game Monday afternoon and Jacobs was not among them. Thus, he is expected to start against the Ravens. Kickoff is at 5:15 p.m. PT.

The worrying about Jacobs began Sunday when the Raiders downgraded him to questionable on the injury report because of a non-COVID-related illnesses.

But Jacobs felt better Monday morning and participated in walk-through practice. Now, he is officially good to go.

As expected, left guard Richie Incognito will not play against Baltimore because of a calf injury that he kept him out for nearly four weeks. Second-year player John Simpson is expected to start for Incognito. Backup safety and special teamer Roderic Teamer (shoulder, ankle) is also not players.

Here are the Las Vegas inactive players who were coach’s decisions: Quarterback Nathan Peterman, defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Malcolm Koonce and tight end Nick Bowers.

It appears Ferrell went from being the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2019 to being a healthy scratch. Yikes. It’s not great that Koonce is beginning his career inactive, either.

The Ravens are without two of their top cornerbacks Marcus Peters (who is on the injured reserve) and Jimmy Smith who is inactive with an ankle injury. This team is beat up.