It’s always best to err on the side of caution. Especially when it comes to a player of the caliber of Las Vegas Raiders star Josh Jacobs. If the team is serious about a potential run at the playoffs, putting him on the shelf until Sunday might be their best play.
Should the Raiders just put Josh Jacobs on the shelf until Sunday?
By now, you’ve read the headlines. Jacobs had arguably one of the best games of any running back in recent memory. He totaled 303 yards from scrimmage, more than some teams had in total on Sunday. It was sheer dominance, and if you’re a Raiders fan, it was a thing of beauty. However, it was easy to forget that Jacobs was indeed still dealing with a calf injury. Following the game, Jacobs elaborated on the ailment that landed him on the injury report just a couple of days prior to the action.
â€œIt was worse throughout the week. It wasn’t too bad today until I caught that ball on the sidelines and it kind of got stuck underneath me, it started getting stiff after that. I figured it should be good by the time next week comes around,” said Jacobs on Sunday after the game.
According to Raiders beat writer Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the team is still trying to figure out the best course of action. As he noted, the best-case scenario is to have him available for Sunday’s crucial game. The Raiders have had several injuries this season, but fortunately, Jacobs has been healthy for the most part. After an underwhelming 2021 season where he was limited due to his health, Jacobs is running like a man possessed. To make a late-season run here, the Raiders will need Jacobs to be as healthy as possible.
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