Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs returns to practice

Las Vegas Raiders Pro Bowl running back Josh Jacobs returned to practice Thursday after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

Also, Raiders RB Jalen Richard has been designated to return from injured reserve. He suffered a foot injury during training camp and missed the first three games. The Raiders have three weeks to activate him.

Jacobs was injured in the Raiders’ season-opening win over the Baltimore Ravens. He rushed for just 34 yards on 10 carries.

Jacobs rushed for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns and had 33 catches for 238 yards in 15 games last season. The 23-year-old has rushed for 2,249 yards with 21 touchdowns and added 54 receptions for 410 yards in 29 career games since being selected by the Raiders with the 24th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Richard, 27, has rushed for 1,293 yards in 77 career games (two starts), all for the Raiders. He has four career rushing TDs and three scoring receptions.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) gestures on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Las Vegas won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders QB Derek Carr questionable after MRI on ankle

Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr had a precautionary MRI on his ankle Monday and will be listed as questionable in advance of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is confident Carr will not miss Sunday’s home game but was not as confident about the status of running back Josh Jacobs, who is expected to miss a second consecutive week because of ankle and toe injuries.

Right tackle Alex Leatherwood is being evaluated for a back injury after playing just 31 snaps in Sunday’s 26-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carr, 30, helped the Raiders improve to 2-0 by throwing for 382 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers despite injuring his ankle during the game. He did not end up missing a play.

Carr has thrown for a league-best 817 yards over the first two weeks of the season with four touchdowns and one interception, while being sacked five times. That marks the most passing yards in a two-game span in Raiders history.

Jacobs, 23, rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Raiders’ season-opening 33-27 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens but did not play at Pittsburgh. Gruden tabbed Jacobs’ status for Sunday as “very questionable.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs ruled out vs. Steelers

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the host Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Jon Gruden confirmed the status of Jacobs, who is nursing toe and ankle injuries stemming from the Raiders’ 33-27 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

Kenyan Drake is expected to handle the bulk of the rushing duties on Sunday in place of Jacobs, who had 10 carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener.

Drake, 27, had six carries for 11 yards to go along with five receptions for 59 yards against the Ravens.

The Raiders also ruled out guard Richie Incognito (calf), linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (concussion), backup quarterback Marcus Mariota (quadriceps) and safety Roderic Teamer (ankle). Defensive ends Carl Nassib (pectoral, toe) and Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring) and defensive tackle Darius Philon (knee) are questionable.

Jacobs rushed for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns and had 33 catches for 238 yards in 15 games last season. The 23-year-old has rushed for 2,249 yards with 21 touchdowns and added 54 receptions for 410 yards in 29 career games since being selected by the Raiders with the 24th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Steelers defensive tackle Carlos Davis (knee) has been ruled out. Pittsburgh also added cornerback Joe Haden (groin), linebacker Devin Bush (groin) and tight end Zach Gentry (ankle) to the injury report on Friday. All three are listed as questionable.

–Field Level Media

Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders RB Jacobs arrested for DUI hours after finale

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday morning, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The incident occurred hours after the Raiders returned from a 32-31 victory over the host Denver Broncos in their season finale on Sunday.

Per the police report, officers responded to a single-vehicle crash near the McCarran Airport Connector and East Sunset Road at 4:42 a.m.

Jacobs, who was deemed by police to be impaired, was taken to a local hospital after sustaining minor injuries from the collision. The 22-year-old was then transported to the Clark County Detention Center, where he was booked for DUI.

Jacobs’ attorneys said in a statement that they intend to enter a not guilty plea on Jacobs’ behalf if the Pro Bowl running back is officially charged.

“No complaint has been filed against our client and there are no blood test results to support a suggestion of impairment,” attorneys David Z. Chesnoff and Richard A. Schonfeld said in a statement. “We intend to enter a not guilty plea on behalf of Mr. Jacobs if he is ever charged.”

The Raiders acknowledged that they are aware of the situation.

“The Raiders are aware of the situation involving Josh Jacobs,” the team said. “The organization takes these matters seriously and we have no further comment at this time.”

Jacobs rushed for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns and had 33 catches for 238 yards in 15 games this season. He has rushed for 2,215 yards with 19 touchdowns and added 53 receptions for 404 yards in 28 career games since being selected by the Raiders with the 24th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) reacts after running for a touchdown in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders’ standouts RB Jacobs, TE Waller miss practice

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller missed practice Thursday, but both are expected to play Sunday against the New England Patriots in Week 3.

The Raiders (2-0) didn’t practice Wednesday, coming off a Monday night game, but Jacobs (hip) and Waller (knee) would not have participated.

Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (knee/hamstring) was downgraded from a full participant on Wednesday’s estimated report to limited on Thursday. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards (foot) and tackle Sam Young (groin) were also limited.

Starting right tackle Trent Brown (calf) and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) were also non-participants Thursday.

Guard Richie Incognito (Achilles) was put on IR earlier this week.

Jacobs and Waller have been a formidable one-two punch for the Raiders over two games. Jacobs (four total TDs) is fifth in the league in rushing with 181 yards and Waller is third among NFL tight ends with 148 receiving yards on 18 catches, including a score. Jacobs also has seven catches for 63 yards receiving out of the backfield.

–Field Level Media