Josh Jacobs 'in tears' when Raiders told him he was out vs. Titans

Josh Jacobs 'in tears' when Raiders told him he was out vs. Titans

OAKLAND -- Josh Jacobs has been a warrior all season for the Raiders. 

The rookie has battled through injuries, dragging himself onto the field to help his team make a postseason run in the running back's first season in silver and black. Jacobs loves being a Raiders and wants to return the team to the storied status it once occupied in the NFL landscape. 

Jacobs' toughness is well-documented, but the Raiders wouldn't let him go Sunday. The rookie star has a fractured shoulder, and despite getting the pain-killing shot he's been receiving for weeks, Jon Gruden put his foot down Sunday and made the back inactive for Oakland's eventual 42-21 loss to the Titans at the Coliseum. 

"I give him a lot of credit," Gruden said of Jacobs after the loss. "He was really in tears today wanting to play. He took a shot to play, like he's been doing, but the injury we just wouldn't let him go out there and play under these circumstances. We don't know what his status for the upcoming ball game will be, but we will keep you posted."

Jacobs is slated to have an MRI this week, but the rest of his season is in doubt. 

It no doubt will kill him if the Raiders shut him down now.

"He was hurt, man," running back DeAndre Washington said of Jacobs' reaction that he couldn't play. "He's a competitor man. We took it upon our shoulders to make sure that we had his back. He's been putting in work all year man. Hell of a season.Rookie of the Year for sure." 

Jacobs has had a fantastic season for the Raiders and should be the Offensive Rookie of the Year even if his season is over with. He broke Marcus Allen's Raiders rookie rushing record and became the first Raiders rookie to eclipse 1,000 yards during Oakland's Week 13 loss to the Chiefs. 

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Jacobs wouldn't have helped the Raiders much Sunday unless he was playing linebacker. Oakland's defense was shredded early and often, as Ryan Tannehill threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Raiders' offense without Jacobs was serviceable for a half, but he was unable to get in the end zone during the second half to stem the tide and the Titans pulled away in the third quarter. 

With the Raiders now at 6-7 and their playoff hopes on life support, it would be prudent to shut Jacobs and down and make sure he is 100 percent heading into next season.

Raiders rookie Bryan Edwards drawing comparisons to Pro Bowl receivers


Raiders rookie Bryan Edwards drawing comparisons to Pro Bowl receivers

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Tuesday compared rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards to Carr’s former Fresno State teammate and current Packers’ star Davante Adams. On Friday one of Edwards’ high school coaches said he has long seen similarities to another perennial All-Pro.

“He’s always reminded me of A.J. Green,” said Conway (S.C.) head coach Carlton Terry, who was an assistant when Edwards played there and coached against Green in high school. “They both just have that ability to make plays at receiver and return punts. Just men on the field in comparison to the other players. Not only did they stand out vertically, but for big men to have that athleticism is just so rare.”

Edwards’ natural gifts were evident from the moment he walked into Conway High School as a 13-year-old freshman.

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Raiders place Maxx Crosby, Rod Smith on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list


Raiders place Maxx Crosby, Rod Smith on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list

Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Thursday talked about the need to adapt every day to the practice availability of his players.

It went without saying he was referring to the potential impact of COVID-19, the constant shadow he and the Raiders will be operating under this year.

By late afternoon, that possibility became a reality when Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby and running back Rod Smith were added to the COVID-19 injured reserve list.

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