(CTN News) – Josh Jacobs, the running back for the Las Vegas Raiders, is expected to be absent from Thursday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to a quad injury, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
In Jacobs’ absence, Zamir White is set to take on the role of starting running back for the Raiders. Although the absence of Jacobs will be a setback, both Davante Adams and Maxx Crosby, who are listed as questionable for the game, are expected to participate, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
Jacobs sustained the injury during last week’s 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and did not practice throughout the week.
In the previous season, the 25-year-old Jacobs had an outstanding performance, leading the NFL in rushing yards with 1,653, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns, and making 53 receptions for 400 yards, which earned him Pro Bowl and All-Pro First Team honors.
However, this season, Jacobs has not been as productive, with his yards-per-carry average dropping from 4.9 to 3.5.
However, Jacobs remains the league leader in rushing attempts with 233 carries, accumulating 805 yards and six touchdowns.
Additionally, he has contributed 37 receptions for 296 yards. The Raiders’ offense as a whole has faced challenges in establishing a consistent rhythm throughout the season.
These difficulties can be attributed to various factors, such as the midseason dismissal of head coach Josh McDaniels and the decision to replace veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with rookie Aidan O’Connell. With Jacobs unavailable for Thursday’s game, interim head coach Antonio Pierce will entrust White with the responsibility of making his first career NFL regular-season start.
In his previous season as a fourth-round Raiders draft pick from Georgia, White had limited opportunities, rushing only 17 times for 70 yards without scoring any touchdowns.
This season, he has seen minimal action, accumulating 54 rushing yards on 20 carries and recording six receptions for 38 yards in 13 games.
Despite his limited regular-season experience, there is optimism that White can contribute effectively against the Chargers. During the preseason, as a rookie, White showcased his potential by scoring two touchdowns and accumulating 86 yards on 26 carries.
Both the Raiders and the Chargers currently hold a 5-8 record, keeping them technically in contention for the AFC playoffs. However, the team that suffers a loss on Thursday will face significant challenges in their playoff aspirations.