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Raiders' Josh Jacobs plans to play vs. Jaguars, won't need shoulder surgery

Raiders' Josh Jacobs plans to play vs. Jaguars, won't need shoulder surgery

ALAMEDA – Josh Jacobs developed a rehab routine after fracturing his shoulder back in Week 7, giving the ailing joint just enough rest early in the week to practice a smidge late and play the following Sunday.

The Raiders running back would take a painkilling injection before the game, power through another excellent performance and then start the cycle over again.

He planned to carry through the entire season like that, but rehab timing was atypical last week heading into the Titans game.

“Normally, it would take until Thursday until it felt all right and I could move,” Jacobs said. “Last time, it took the whole week.”

Jacobs still took the needle and begged to play, but Raiders trainers shut him down. They sent him in for an MRI that showed no further damage and hoped extra rest would do him go.

It has to this point. Jacobs was limited throughout the practice week and is formally questionable to play Sunday’s Oakland Coliseum, though the first-round draft pick plans to play.

“I don’t know how much he’ll play. I don’t know 100 percent if he’ll play,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “But he doesn’t look pretty good.”

Jacobs wants to finish the season strong personally and as a team, working through a fractured shoulder that needs time to rest.

“I do know that I won’t need to have surgery on it, so that’s a positive note,” Jacobs said. “But, after the season I’ll have to sit and rest for a month and a half to let it heal.”

The Alabama product feels blessed that’s the only prescription, and he has been told it can’t get any worse by playing through it. Sunday would mark his first time playing since he announced on Snapchat that he fractured his shoulder way back against Green Bay. Teams generally don’t love such disclosure, especially with opponents always looking for a weakness.

“I don’t really care, honestly,” Jacobs said. “Some people felt like that would put a target on my back. I feel like there’s a target on my back every week. It is what it is.”

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Jacobs will keep plugging away if he’d cleared to play as expected, and he’ll run with the same physical style that made him a frontrunner to win offensive rookie of the year.

“I want to finish off strong,” Jacobs said. “Regardless of the record, I want to come in and implement the right things to get this win this week. I want to finish on a high note, once that will carry with us as we start the next year heading into the offseason.”

Raiders legend Cliff Branch denied in latest Pro Football Hall of Fame bid

Raiders legend Cliff Branch denied in latest Pro Football Hall of Fame bid

The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted an expanded class in honor of the NFL’s 100th season, providing an opportunity to right some wrongs from way, way back.

They formed a blue-ribbon panel to select a larger group for induction, including 10 seniors who played at least 25 years ago, two coaches and three contributors.

But that still was not enough to get Cliff Branch in the Hall.

The legendary Raiders receiver was not included among the inductees, a disappointing turn for a Raiders franchise still mourning Branch’s loss.

Branch passed away last summer at the age of 71. Making the Hall of Fame proved elusive for the three-time Super Bowl champion and dangerous deep threat known for elite athleticism and speed.

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He had 501 catches for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns, averaging 17.3 yards per reception. Those totals match some of his contemporaries who have been enshrined, but his case has yet to be validated with a positive vote.

This was Branch’s best chance to get in. Now he’ll be reliant on the senior committee, which nominates one or two older players for enshrinement every year. Quarterback Ken Stabler was the last Raider inducted by the senior committee in 2016.

Roger Craig, who played for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1991, also was not selected.

The centennial class of enshrinees will be joined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 by five modern-era players who will be elected the day before Super 54 in Miami.

Here is the complete list of inductees selected by the blue-ribbon panel as part of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class that consists of 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches:

Coaches

Bill Cowher – 1992-2006 (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Jimmy Johnson – 1989-1993 (Dallas Cowboys(, 1996-99 (Miami Dolphins)

Contributors

Steve Sabol, Administrator/President – 1964-2012 (NFL Films)
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 (NFL)
George Young, Contributor/General Manager – 1968-1974 (Baltimore Colts), 1975-78 (Miami Dolphins), 1979-1997 (New York Giants), 1998-2001 (NFL)

Seniors

Harold Carmichael, WR – 1971-1983 (Philadelphia Eagles), 1984 (Dallas Cowboys)
Jim Covert, T – 1983-1990 (Chicago Bears)
Bobby Dillon, S – 1952-59 (Green Bay Packers)
Cliff Harris, S – 1970-79 (Dallas Cowboys)
Winston Hill, T – 1963-1976 (New York Jets), 1977 (Los Angeles Rams)
Alex Karras, DT – 1958-1962, 1964-1970 (Detroit Lions)
Donnie Shell, S – 1974-1987 (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Duke Slater, T – 1922 (Milwaukee Badgers), 1922-25 (Rock Island Independents), 1926-1931 (Chicago Cardinals)
Mac Speedie, E – 1946-1952 (Cleveland Browns AAFC/NFL)
Ed Sprinkle, DE/LB/E – 1944-1955 (Chicago Bears)

NFL rumors: Raiders fire D-line coach Brentson Buckner after one season

NFL rumors: Raiders fire D-line coach Brentson Buckner after one season

Brentson Buckner's time with the Raiders appears to be over after only one season. 

NFL Media's Jim Trotter reported Tuesday that the Raiders have fired Buckner and will name Rod Marinelli as their new defensive line coach. As Trotter pointed out, the Raiders improved tremendously under Buckner in 2019, improving their sack total by 19 compared to the previous season. 

Buckner reacted to the news later Tuesday afternoon.

While the Raiders vastly improved their sack numbers, they still finished the regular season tied for 24th in the NFL. But fifth-round draft pick Maxx Crosby finished the season with 10 sacks and 14 QB hits this season as a rookie, and there's no doubt Buckner played a large role in Crosby's fast transition to the NFL.

Marinelli served as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator since the 2014 season. He coached the team's D-line the year before. 

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The Cowboys ended 2019 with 39 sacks, good for 19th in the league.

Coach Jon Gruden's decision to fire Buckner as one year in Silver and Black surely comes as a surprise.