Raiders' Trent Brown going on injured reserve; Josh Jacobs out vs. Chargers

Raiders' Trent Brown going on injured reserve; Josh Jacobs out vs. Chargers

Two of the Raiders players named Pro Bowl starters or alternates Tuesday will not be available for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden informed the media on Wednesday that both right tackle Trent Brown (pectoral) and running back Jacobs (shoulder) will miss the game in Carson. Brown is being placed on injured reserve, finishing his season, while Gruden is holding out hope that Jacobs can return for the regular-season finale.

Gruden's update comes just two days after he declared that Oakland would not formally shut either player down for the season. However, Brown's lingering pectoral injury hasn't improved, and Jacobs had trouble taking his pads off after the Raiders' loss to the Jaguars last Sunday.

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DeAndre Washington is expected to handle the majority of carries in Jacobs' place, while Brandon Parker likely will fill the opening on the offensive line. Brown's absence isn't the only troubling injury up front. Left guard Richie Incognito, also a Pro Bowl alternate, missed practice with an ankle injury and was seen in a walking boot Wednesday afternoon. 

Linebacker Marquel Lee continues to miss practice time with a toe injury, while cornerbacks Daryl Worley (neck) and Nevin Lawson (biceps) were limited in light work. 

The Raiders conducted a walk-through practice at an off-site, indoor facility to escape inclement weather and increase reps in a more sterile enviornment. The participation report you see below and provided by the team is an estimation. 

Raiders practice report

Did not practice
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
LB Marquel Lee (toe)

Limited practice
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)
RG Gabe Jackson (knee)
CB Daryl Worley (neck)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
S Dallin Leavitt (elbow)
CB Nevin Lawson (biceps) 

Why versatile rookie Lynn Bowden could be Raiders’ secret weapon

Why versatile rookie Lynn Bowden could be Raiders’ secret weapon

Word of warning to anyone wondering how the Raiders are preparing to utilize rookie Lynn Bowden this season: Don’t bother asking him. He isn’t at liberty to say.

“I’m really not permitted to speak about that right now,” Bowden said while taking a break from the Raiders virtual OTA’s.

The mum’s the word response wasn’t relayed out of anger or deceit. The outgoing Bowden can’t wait to get on the field in his first NFL season and is beyond excited to help the Raiders anyway he can. He’s open and frank about all that and doesn’t mind expressing it one bit.

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Trayvon Mullen has Drew Brees, Saints on bulletin board after comments

Trayvon Mullen has Drew Brees, Saints on bulletin board after comments

The New Orleans Saints' visit to Las Vegas on September 21 already was set to be a marquee game in the NFL with the Raiders set to debut Allegiant Stadium for the first time on "Monday Night Football."

The matchup with Drew Brees got another layer Wednesday after the Saints quarterback said he still saw players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence as "disrespecting the flag." Brees' comments came while millions of citizens across the country protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody. Brees posted a photo on Instagram supporting the Black Lives Matter movement Tuesday and then promptly showed he still didn't understand why former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem back in 2016.

As Brees' comments circulated, Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen made it known he's looking forward to facing Brees now more than ever with offensive tackle Trent Brown echoing the feeling.

Brees offered an apology for his "insensitive" comments Thursday saying he "missed the mark." While some have accepted Brees' apology, many around the NFL and sports world saw it as an apology for being dragged mercilessly on Twitter and television and not for his actual statement.

The conversation around Kaepernick's protest and taking a knee during the anthem has been reignited after Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died in police custody after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. A video showed Floyd telling Chauvin and three other officers who were watching that he couldn't breathe and asking for Chauvin to let up. It was later announced Floyd had died in police custody. Chauvin was arrested and has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree muder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers were arrested Wednesday and have been charged with aiding and abetting in both cases.

Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 as a way to protest police brutality and systemic racism. He chose to take a knee in protest after a discussion with Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret, because he wanted to make sure he was protesting in a respectful manner. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016.

Citizens have marched in protests in cities across American since Floyd's death, looking to put an end to police brutality and systemic racism. A number of NFL players have spoken out since Floyd's death, with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr vowing to no longer stick to sports as he tries to unite people.

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Brees' comments drew warranted criticism from across the sports world, with fans, peers and teammates all chiming in to tell Brees how wrong he was on the issue of kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

The Raiders need to get off to a fast start in order to breathe life into a push for the playoffs. Brees has owned the Raiders in his career, but the Silver and Black added a lot of talent to a defense that ranked 31st in DVOA last year. A defense that will be led by a rising star corner in Mullen, who has this game circled.

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