Las Vegas Raiders working again Josh Jacobs, proper sort out Trent Brown and security Johnathan Abram are questionable for this weeks key showdown with the Indianapolis Colts.
Coach Jon Gruden stated the three practiced Friday and he can have a greater gauge on their standing when he sees how they really feel Saturday.
The Raiders (7-5) are one sport behind the Colts (8-6) within the AFC playoff race.
Jacobs missed final weeks sport with an ankle damage, Brown has been out the previous seven video games since testing constructive for the coronavirus and Abram sat out final week with an injured knee.
The Raiders hope the doable return of Jacobs and Brown will assist spark a working sport which has been held to lower than 90 yards dashing in three straight video games for the primary time in three years.
It all the time helps to have your characteristic again in motion, Gruden stated. They dont make a variety of guys like Josh Jacobs, so hopefully hes able to go and if he’s, properly ensure that we hand him the ball. But hes a terrific again and usually a terrific again makes nice issues occur, and thats what we’d like from our go-to man.
While Abrams standing is in query, the Raiders might be lacking two key items within the secondary due to concussions. Rookie cornerback Damon Arnette has been dominated out of the sport after struggling a concussion for the second straight sport final week in opposition to the Jets and security Jeff Heath can be out after getting harm final week.
That might go away Erik Harris and Dallin Leavitt as the one wholesome safeties, though slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and backup cornerback Isaiah Johnson additionally might play there if wanted.
Were working out of safeties, Gruden stated. Hopefully, Abram can play and keep wholesome. Something he hasnt accomplished. We want him to try this to be the participant that we’d like him to be. … Well have a contingency plan, however proper now we’re getting uninterested in contingency plans to be trustworthy with you. Weve had a variety of defensive gamers go down, particularly within the secondary and properly use the next-man-up as all of them say however Leavitt is a man properly be ready to go to fast.
Gruden additionally stated that Marcus Mariota will function the backup quarterback for a second straight week after being inactive or injured the primary 11 video games.
The Raiders gave Mariota a $7.5 million assured contract this offseason to again up Derek Carr. But the 2015 No. 2 total choose in Tennessee struggled in coaching camp, started the season on injured reserve with a pectoral damage after which got here again as a third-stringer behind Nathan Peterman earlier than getting elevated to the No. 2 position final week.
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