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Raiders-Broncos injury report: Josh Jacobs and Michael Mayer are out

Has Jacobs played last game as a Raider>

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATED 2:16 p.m. PT:

Josh Jacobs may have played his last game as a Las Vegas Raider.

The tailback was ruled out of the Sunday’s season finale against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT. He was earlier called a game-time decision.

PREVIOUSLY:

The rookie season of Las Vegas Raiders tight end Michael Mayer is over.

Interim Raiders coach Antonio Pierce said Friday morning that the second-round pick from Notre Dame is out for Sunday’s season finale against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT.

It will be the third straight missed game for Mayer because of a toe injury. Mayer season ends with 27 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He was slow to produce during the season, but did show flashes why the Raiders traded up to take him with the No. 35 overall draft pick in April.

Veteran Austin Hooper is expected to continue to play for Mayer. Hooper, a free-agent signing this season, has five catches for 41 yards with Mayer out and Hooper has 21 catches for 195 yards this season.

Meanwhile, while he will try to return for the season finale at home against the Broncos, starting Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is not guaranteed to play. As he said Wednesday, Pierce told reporters Friday that Jacobs will be a game-time decision Sunday.

Pierce said Jacobs want to play Sunday, even though the 7-8 Raiders have been eliminated from playoff contention. Jacobs has missed the past three games with a quad injury.

Jacobs has 805 rushing yards this season and is averaging 3.5 yards per carry, his lowest average of his five-season career. He led the NFL with 1,653 rushing yards in 2022 and averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

Jacobs could be a free agent this offseason. The Raiders can either extend him, franchise tag him again or let him walk in free agency.

Second-year running back Zamir White has started the past three games and he has 285 rushing yards on 59 carries in that stretch. The fourth-round pick from 2022 may get another chance Sunday to show he be the starter (a much cheaper option than Jacobs in 2024.

Left tackle Kolton Miller is fully recovered from a shoulder injury and is expected to start. Pierce said all healthy players will play and finish the season.

Tackle Thayer Munford is doubtful to play with a knee injury. Fullback Jakob Johnson (back) and cornerback Brandon Facyson (illness) are questionable.