Is Josh Jacobs going to play against Broncos amid uncertain future with Raiders?

The Las Vegas Raiders, initially making headlines with their surprising dismissal of Josh McDaniels, quickly turned their fortunes around under the leadership of Antonio Pierce. Under Pierce’s coaching prowess, Josh Jacobs’ squad achieved a commendable seven-game winning streak this season, showcasing a perfect balance.

However, amidst the team’s winning momentum, Jacobs’ injury emerged as a significant concern for the Los Angeles-based team. This prompted them to make a strategic decision regarding Jacob’s game status for the upcoming match.

Is Josh Jacobs going to play against the Broncos?

As the Raiders gear up for their Week 18 game, the absence of Josh Jacobs looms large, leaving a significant void in the team’s offensive lineup. Jacobs suffered a quadriceps injury during the Week 14 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, compelling the Raiders to make the tough decision of sidelining him for the season finale.

Raiders’ interim coach, Antonio Pierce, shed light on Jacobs’ situation, highlighting the ongoing struggle with the quad injury and emphasizing the importance of prioritizing Jacobs’ well-being over immediate on-field contributions. 

“If he’s not able to go full strength, there is no need to put him out there and risk further injury. And I know him.”

Before succumbing to the injury, he amassed 805 rushing yards on 233 carries with six touchdowns. Additionally, he contributed significantly in the passing game, securing 37 receptions on 54 targets for a total of 296 yards, as per ESPN.

Despite Jacobs’ absence in the last three consecutive games, the Raiders managed to secure victories in two matchups by dint of the commendable performance of second-year running back Zamir White, who stepped up in place of the injured star. Notably, the Raiders upset the Kansas City Chiefs during this stretch, keeping their slim postseason aspirations alive.

While Jacobs’ impact has been missed on the field, the team remains cautious about his health, evident in his absence from Wednesday and Thursday’s practice sessions. The decision to prioritize his recovery over immediate game contributions serves as the Raiders’ commitment to ensuring their star player returns to full strength for future campaigns. 

 Josh Jacobs’s future at the Raiders is in doubt

As the Las Vegas Raiders announced the sidelining of star running back Josh Jacobs for the Week 18 game, speculations arose about the possibility that Week 14 might have marked his final appearance in the vibrant city. With the culmination of the season, Jacobs’ one-year deal with the Raiders is set to conclude, leaving him as a free agent for the upcoming season and raising concerns about his future with the team.

Josh Jacobs, after a record-breaking season leading the league with 1,653 rushing yards and 2,053 yards from scrimmage, appeared to be an integral part of the Las Vegas Raiders. However, uncertainties surfaced when the team assigned a $10.1 million franchise tag to Jacobs in March after his four seasons with the Raiders. The decision to exercise the franchise tag left the relationship between Jacobs and the team hanging in the air.

Subsequently, the Raiders and the 25-year-old running back reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth up to $12 million for the 2023 season. This renewal was marked by a video where Jacobs showcased his new jersey number for the Raiders. Despite this commitment, Jacobs’ journey in Las Vegas appears to be on the verge of conclusion, with his absence from the game and injury concerns fueling widespread speculation.

Having played only 14 games with the Raiders this season, Jacobs’ future with the team remains uncertain. The pivotal question arises: will the Raiders opt to extend their relationship with the talented running back for another season, or will they explore other options, potentially looking to emerging talents like Zamir White? Make sure to tell us what you think in the comments.

Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.

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