Josh Jacobs’ pain reportedly might be too much to play through Sunday.
The Raiders running back posted on Snapchat last week that he fractured his shoulder, and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, citing a source, that the rookie out of Alabama is “a true game-time decision” as a result of the injury.
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Jacobs, 21, has run for 1,061 yards on 218 attempts in his record-setting rookie season, surpassing Marcus Allen’s first-year rushing mark in Week 9 and crossing the 1,000-yard plateau in last week’s blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
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The Raiders face a must-win situation Sunday at home against the Tennessee Titans, with Oakland’s playoff hopes on life support after back-to-back losses to the New York Jets and the rival Chiefs. Jacobs has been a focal point of the Raiders’ offense in his first NFL season, ranking ninth in the league with 236 total touches.
If Jacobs doesn’t play Sunday, he won’t be the only big absence in the running game. Starting right tackle Trent Brown will not play at the Coliseum, either.
Antonio Brown’s lengthy Instagram apology Saturday reportedly didn’t sway the New England Patriots.
The Patriots won’t re-sign the one-time Raiders receiver, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday citing league sources.
Brown currently is under investigation by the NFL following multiple allegations of sexual assault in a federal lawsuit from former trainer Britney Taylor and subsequent accusations of sexual misconduct by an artist who worked in his Pittsburgh-area home in 2017. The Patriots cut Brown a day after it was reported Brown sent threatening text messages to the artist.
Although Schefter wrote that Brown “is expected to find work once the NFL wraps up its investigation,” he reported that it is still possible Brown faces league discipline and ends up on the commissioner’s exempt list — even if the investigation ends before the regular season.
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The Raiders traded multiple draft picks to acquire Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, but cut the receiver before he played a game in Silver and Black. Brown asked for his release once the Raiders voided his contract guarantees following a fine for conduct detrimental to the team.
The 31-year-old was fined after confronting general manager Mike Mayock over missing a practice and a walkthrough during his prolonged helmet grievance with the NFL. The Raiders released Brown two days before the regular season.
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The Raiders badly need a win Sunday at home against the Titans.
But Vegas and several NFL experts aren’t on Oakland’s side.
Despite the game being played at the Coliseum, the Raiders are underdogs according to most oddsmakers.
With a win over the Titans, the Raiders will keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A loss gives Jon Gruden’s team almost no chance of reaching the postseason.
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Caesars: Titans -3 (-105)
Consensus: Titans -3 (-106)
Westgate: Titans -2.5 (-120)
Wynn: Titans -2.5 (-120)
Paul Gutierrez, ESPN.com: Raiders 23, Titans 21
Turron Davenport, ESPN.com: Titans 24, Raiders 17
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Titans 27, Raiders 13
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Raiders 23, Titans 20
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Titans 27, Raiders 17