Raiders RB Josh Jacobs Dealing with Ankle Sprain but Might Play Against Jets

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, last year. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (10451500ae)

The Las Vegas Raiders received some much-needed good news on Monday regarding the availability of their lead running back Josh Jacobs.

Jacobs left Sunday’s embarrassing 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return to the contest. Watching the injury take place looked quite scary, but it turns out that the consequences were less severe than expected.

Raiders did several tests on Jacobs’ ankle on Monday, and according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the injury turned out to be just a sprain. Reportedly, the 22-year-old Jacobs is in a good position to bounce back until Sunday, and the team is optimistic he’ll play against the New York Jets in Week 13.

Josh Jacobs has been a driving force of the Raiders’ offense in 2020, rushing for 782 yards and nine touchdowns so far in the season. He also played a role in the passing game, managing to catch 27 passes for 175 yards in 11 games.

The only knock on Jacobs is his efficiency, which took a serious dip compared to last season. While he was running for 4.8 yards per carry in 2019, this year he is only getting 3.8 yards out of every touch on average.

In case Jacobs can’t play against the Jets or has to have a lesser workload, the Raiders will most likely turn to veteran Devontae Booker. So far in 2020, Booker has rushed for 326 yards and three TDs while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.