The Las Vegas Raiders hit the practice field again on Tuesday as they have begun earnest preparations for the regular season opener against the Baltimore Ravens at home on Monday Night Football — and two key offensive players were not participating,
The Athletic’s Tashan Reed reported that both left guard Richie Incognito and running back Josh Jacobs were again not on the field. Incognito hasn’t worked in nearly three weeks with a calf issue. Jacobs didn’t work Monday for an undisclosed reasons.
Looks like no Richie Incognito again today for the Raiders. The starting guard has been out since suffering a calf injury during the second joint practice with the Rams a couple weeks ago.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) September 7, 2021
Josh Jacobs didn't practice today or yesterday. Probably just rest with kickoff still 6 days away.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) September 7, 2021
Because the Raiders play their opening game on Monday, they don’t have to give any injury information until Thursday. At the moment, it would appear Incognito’s issue is more serious because of the length of time he has been out and the lack of information on Jacobs. Second-year guard John Simpson would start against the Ravens if Incognito can’t play. If Jacob’s issue keeps him out of the Baltimore game, new backup Kenyan Drake would take on a bigger role.
The Raiders are also looking at a running back Tuesday. It is not known if it is related to Jacobs’ status.
Former Texans third-round draft pick D'Onta Foreman is visiting the Las Vegas Raiders today, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 7, 2021
UPDATE: Jacobs is expected to practice Thursday.
FYI: Josh Jacobs is expected to be back at practice on Thursday. In the meantime, his absence the last couple of days has given the @Raiders a chance to onboard new RB Peyton Barber and get him ready roll for MNF— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) September 7, 2021
Incognito, 38, was lost for the season in Week 2 in 2020 with an Achilles issue. The Raiders are counting on him because of the inexperience on the offensive line. Center Andre James has started one game and right tackle Alex Leatherwood is a rookie. Thus, Incognito’s presence is vital.