Jon Gruden’s optimistic thinking seems to be playing out.
Josh Jacobs was reportedly at the Las Vegas Raiders’ training ground on Thursday as they begin work week to prepare to play for the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on Monday night football.
On Monday, Gruden said the team “are hopeful” Jacobs could train at some point this week. The fact that he was on the pitch Thursday indicates he will be training, at least on a limited basis. We will have the official training report later Thursday.
If Jacobs can work out without too much pain, he has a shot at playing against the Chargers who have the NFL’s lowest-ranked race defense. They allow 170 rushing yards per game.
Jacobs hasn’t played since week 1. He suffers from ankle and toe pains,
Meanwhile, running back Jalen Richard started training on Thursday. He’s been in the injured reserve all season with a foot injury he sustained during training camp in August. The team has three weeks to activate Richard. There is now an opening on the roster of 53 players.
Jalen Richard has been nominated to return from IR to exercise for @Raiders. The club has 21 days to decide to activate it
– Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) September 30, 2021
UPDATE: Gruden said after practice Jacobs was “very questionable” about playing on Monday.