Raiders’ Trent Brown won’t face Titans, Josh Jacobs is a tossup

Raiders without right tackle Trent Brown and Josh Jacobs is no lock to play Sunday against Tennessee

Brandon Parker of Oakland Raiders looks on during the NFL International series match between Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)
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ALAMEDA — Right tackle Trent Brown won’t play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, and it’s possible leading rusher Josh Jacobs could join him on the sidelines for the Raiders.

Brown, who has been battling a knee injury for the past month, injured a pectoral muscle in last week’s 40-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He left after the last offensive series in the first half to the locker room, but emerged and finished the game without missing a a play.

Brandon Parker, who last saw action at right tackle in Week 3 against Minnesota and has seen action only as an extra blocker in power formations since then, will replace Brown. He has played 36 snaps on the offensive line all season with no starts.

Jacobs said on social media Monday he has been playing with a shoulder fracture since Week 7 against Green Bay. He has been limited in practice for the most part ever since, but this week Jacobs was basically a spectator. He was on the field Friday, but coach Jon Gruden said the Raiders are prepared to play without him and go with with DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and even fullback Alec Ingold as ballcarriers.

As opposed to the last two weeks, when Jacobs wasn’t even given an injury designation on Friday, he was officially listed as questionable to face Tennessee.

“He didn’t do much,” Gruden said. “If he can’t go, you’ll see a lot more of DeAndre and Jalen and we’ve got the big back ready to carry the ball as well. Ingold, he might dot the `I’ a few times. Maybe put (line coach Tom) Cable or (assistant line coach) Lem (Jeanpierre) or somebody at fullback.”

Brown, who signed a four-year, $66 million contract which temporarily made him the highest paid lineman in NFL history (he’s since been passed by Philadelphia’s Lane Johnson) has played well but battled injuries all season. Gruden would not address Brown’s status beyond the Tennessee game.

“We’re going to have to update you on that later,” Gruden said.” I know he’s not playing this week and he’s hopefully going to be ready to go but I can’t comment any further than that.”

Brown missed the Raiders Week 7 game against Green Bay on Sept. 20, giving way to David Sharpe.Sharpe played well against the Packers, but has been slowed by a calf injury of late and was inactive for two games.

That means Parker, who had a rough stretch as a rookie starter last season, gets the call.

“I think he’s had some good moments,” Gruden said. “He’s obviously had a couple weeks where we didn’t see enough, and he’s really done well the last seven or eight weeks on the practice field and we’re anxious to see him play. We’re going to miss Trent obviously but it’s a great opportunity for Brandon.”

A third-round pick out of North Carolina A&T, Parker played in 15 games with 12 starts last season after a groin injury ended the season of veteran right tackle Donald Penn.

“I’m very, very excited,” Parker said. “You don’t want to see anybody get hurt in this game, when your name is called, it’s your time to prove yourself.”

Asked how he has improved since last year, Parker said “Stronger, wiser and faster, pretty much.”

Jacobs, with 1,061 yards on 218 carries, is the NFL’s fourth-leading rusher and has 66 percent of the Raiders runs from scrimmage and 72.5 percent of their rushing yardage. Washington is the second-leading rusher with 48 carries and 156 yards, with Richard carrying 23 times for 75 yards.

Ingold, whose runs have all been in short-yardage situations, has eight carries for 18 yards.

Running back DeAndre Washington would see his role expand if Josh Jacobs cant play against Tennessee.

Jacobs had 104 yards on 17 carries in last week’s loss to the Chiefs, his fourth game over 100 yards this season. He had 14 carries for 95 yards in the first half but left the game in the third quarter and did not return with the Chiefs in command.

During open locker room sessions this week, Jacobs made himself scarce with the media and wasn’t available for comment for the first time this season.

Brown’s absence and the possibility of Jacobs being out were likely what Gruden was talking about this week when he spoke of things being :”shaken up” in terms of the lineup. When asked if there were any more shakeups, Gruden said, “Can’t shake it up any more than it is. It’s shaking, man. The ground is shaking while I’m standing here.”

Besides Brown, the only players listed as “out” are wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (ribs) and special teams player and linebacker Kyle Wilber (ankle). Center Rodney Hudson (ankle), guard Gabe Jackson (knee) and slot corner Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) were limited but removed from the injury report.

Also listed as questionable was Marquel Lee with a toe injury. Lee was expected to play a role at linebacker after being out since an ankle injury in Week 3.

GRUDEN ON KIZER

The Raiders elevated DeShone Kizer from third-string to backup quarterback in part so he can be properly evaluated over the last month of the season in practice.

“He’s done well. It’s really not an indictment on Glennon,” Gruden said. “He’s athletic, he’s really picking up the system, he’s working hard, and I want to see him get more reps on the practice field so I can see more here in the next three or four weeks before the season closes.”

NOTES

— With Trevor Davis waived during the week to make room for Lee, the Raiders will use some combination of Jalen Richard, Rico Gafford and Keisean Nixon to return kickoffs and punts.


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