LAS VEGAS (AP) – Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs will miss this week’s game against Pittsburgh with injuries to his toe and ankle.
Jacobs did not practice all week with the Raiders after adding 34 yards with two touchdowns in the opening day win of the NFL season, 33-27 in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. . Coach Jon Gruden said Friday that Jacobs will not play the Steelers on Sunday.RELATED
The Raiders signed free agent Kenyan Drake for $ 11 million and two years this season to give the team another option on the running back besides Jacobs. However, Gruden said Peyton Barber will also have a role on offense.
“We really like Barber,” Gruden said. “We think he is a great runner. I like the way he runs, catches passes and protects under pressure. Kenyan will continue to play a role in our system, no matter who the other rider is, and we are excited about the opportunity to see what we have. “
Whoever carries the ball will do so behind a patched offensive line after right guard Denzelle Good fell to injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury. Left guard Richie Incognito will be on the bench for the second week in a row with a calf injury.
Jermaine Eluemunor, who started 11 games for Baltimore and New England in the past four seasons, will be the right guard and second-year John Simpson will have his fourth start as a left guard.
Rookie Alex Leatherwood, right tackle, has a starting game and center Andre James will make his third start, leaving left tackle Kolton Miller the only experienced lineman to face the Steelers defense, which is very dangerous to pressure opposing quarterbacks.