There were no Friday practice surprises, thus the Las Vegas Raiders will likely be without standout running back Josh Jacobs and will be without left guard Richie Incognito again Sunday when they host the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium.
Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden said after practice Friday that Jacobs is doubtful to play against Miami and Incognito won’t play Sunday.
This news is no surprise since neither Jacobs nor Incognito practice all week. Incognito has missed all three regular-season games since hurting his calf five weeks ago. Incognito, 38, has played just one full game since the start of the 2020 season. Second-year guard John Simpson will continue to start for Incognito.
Jacobs missed the Raiders’ 26-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 after hurting his toe and ankle in in a 33-27 Week 1 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. Jacobs has just 10 carries for 34 yards this season. Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber will continue to be the tailbacks Sunday against the Dolphins.
The likely Jacobs’ and Incognito’s absences amplifies one of the 2-0 Raiders’ biggest issues — the run game. The Raiders offensive line has struggled in the run-blocking game and the running backs have yet to make an impact. Las Vegas is averaging just 67 yards on the ground per game, which is tied for the second fewest in the NFL.
Meanwhile, Gruden said backup safeties Dallin Leavitt (concussion) and Roderic Teamer (ankle) both are out Sunday. Leavitt was hurt at Pittsburgh and Teamer has been out.