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' Mark Davis sweating Allegiant Stadium construction timeline

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Raiders' Mark Davis sweating Allegiant Stadium construction timeline

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said construction crews are working against the clock as they mount a final push to complete Allegiant Stadium ahead of a July 31 deadline.

Speaking Monday morning on ESPN Radio 1100’s “The Press Box,” co-hosted by Las Vegas Review-Journal sports columnist Ed Graney, Davis touched on how crews have worked around the constraints created by the coronavirus pandemic.

“You think everything is going great and everything is on time and all of a sudden real life steps in the way,” Davis said. “You have to be prepared for those types of issues.”

Mortenson-McCarthy reported last week that 15 trade workers on the project are currently home with the coronavirus.



Maxx Crosby gets Raiders logo tattoo after breakout 2019 rookie season

Maxx Crosby gets Raiders logo tattoo after breakout 2019 rookie season

Another member of the Raiders' 2019 NFL draft class is committing himself to the team.

Defensive lineman Maxx Crosby showed off his new tattoo of the Raiders' logo Monday, one week after running back Josh Jacobs and defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell did the same.

While Jacobs and Ferrell were first-round picks, Crosby was a fourth-round selection, and put together an impressive rookie campaign.

In 16 games, Crosby had 47 total tackles, 10 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits.

With Crosby, Jacobs and Ferrell, Las Vegas' newest professional sports team has the building blocks to be very successful over the next decade.

[RELATED: Crosby was everything Gruden hoped for]

It's way too early to tell what the future holds for the trio, but based on the new ink, Crosby, Jacobs and Ferrell want to stay with the Raiders ... permanently.

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