Raiders Rumors: Potential Absence of Josh Jacobs Against Chargers due to Quad Injury; Zamir White Expected as RB1

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Reports suggest that Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs may be unavailable for Thursday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to a quad injury. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Zamir White is anticipated to step into the starting running back position in Jacobs’ absence.

While Jacobs’ potential absence poses a challenge, there’s positive news for the Raiders. Both Davante Adams and Maxx Crosby, listed as questionable, are likely to play, as per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Jacobs sustained the injury during last week’s 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and did not participate in any practices this week. The 25-year-old had an exceptional 2022 season, leading the NFL with 1,653 rushing yards, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns, and securing Pro Bowl and All-Pro First Team honors.

Nevertheless, Jacobs’ performance has declined this season, with his yards-per-carry average dropping from 4.9 to 3.5. Despite this, he still leads the league with 233 rushing attempts, accumulating 805 yards and six touchdowns, along with 37 catches for 296 yards.

The Raiders’ offense has encountered challenges this season, including the midseason firing of head coach Josh McDaniels and the benching of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for rookie Aidan O’Connell.

With Jacobs potentially sidelined for Thursday’s game, interim head coach Antonio Pierce is expected to turn to White, who is set to make his first career NFL regular-season start. White, a rookie fourth-round pick from Georgia last season, had limited action, rushing 17 times for 70 yards and no touchdowns.

This season, White has rushed for 54 yards and no touchdowns on 20 carries, while also securing six receptions for 38 yards in 13 games. Despite his limited regular-season experience, White demonstrated promise during the preseason, scoring two touchdowns and gaining 86 yards on 26 carries.

Both the Raiders and Chargers, with records of 5-8, are technically still in the AFC playoff race. However, the losing team on Thursday will likely face elimination from playoff contention.

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