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Raiders HC Jon Gruden is resigning, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The move comes 3 days after the Wall Street Journal reported 10-year-old emails in which Gruden used racially offensive language in talking about DeMaurice Smith. Earlier today, the New York Times reported on other emails in which Gruden used racist and homophobic language. We'll see about the succession plan for the Raiders and how the players handle the transition, though we're not altering our fantasy outlook for any of the players.

Update: The Raiders have made assistant HC and special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia to interim HC. Bisaccia coached in Tampa for Gruden's entire stint there (plus another 2 years after Gruden left), then with the Chargers and Cowboys before re-joining Gruden with the 2018 Raiders.

The Raiders placed CB Trayvon Mullen on IR ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears. Mullen had already been ruled out with a toe injury. He'll now miss at least 2 more games.

Raiders QB Derek Carr took a shot to the helmet on a QB sneak on the 1st play of the 4th quarter in Sunday's game against the Bears. Carr was able to get off the field under his own power but headed straight to the medical tent. Stay tuned for updates.

Update: Carr re-entered after missing a few plays.

Raiders RB Peyton Barber (toe) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Bears. RB Josh Jacobs should dominate carries.

The Raiders have ruled CB Trayvon Mullen (toe) out for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Raiders RB Peyton Barber (toe) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bears after returning to a limited practice on Friday. It's a surprise after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Barber was likely to miss a few weeks. He's not a Week 5 fantasy option, but his absence would make RB Josh Jacobs an even safer volume bet.

Raiders RB Peyton Barber has a "mild" case of turf toe, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’s still seeking opinions and having tests, but sounds like a few weeks on the sidelines as of now," Rapoport adds. Between this injury and RB Josh Jacobs' return last week, Barber can be dropped from fantasy rosters.

Raiders CB Trayvon Mullen left Monday night's game against the Chargers with a foot injury and has been ruled out for the game. That doesn't bode well for his status beyond Week 4. We'll see about the official diagnosis.

Raiders RB Peyton Barber injured his foot in the 1st quarter of Monday night's game vs. the Chargers and is questionable to return. RB Josh Jacobs got the start but still isn't at 100% with that ankle injury.

Update: Barber returned in the 2nd half.

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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Chargers. It'll be his first action since Week 1. Jacobs remained limited in practice all week, and HC Jon Gruden hinted that RB Peyton Barber might still be heavily involved even with Jacobs back. We'll see how carries are distributed tonight, but it's a risky fantasy situation.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. the Chargers. He was limited in practice all week. HC Jon Gruden suggested that Jacobs will be a game-time decision. That obviously puts fantasy owners in a tough spot with the late kickoff. Unless we get another update on Sunday morning, you can't have Jacobs or RB Peyton Barber in your starting lineup unless you own both guys.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) remained limited in Friday's practice. His status for Monday night's game vs. the Chargers is uncertain. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He's no longer listed on the injury report with a toe issue. HC Jon Gruden was non-committal when asked about Jacobs' status for Monday night's game vs. the Chargers. "We'll see," Gruden said. "I'd say he's questionable at the moment." Gruden also said this of RB Peyton Barber: "Not going to hesitate to put him in a primary role, after what he did against the Dolphins." We'll see if Jacobs is ready for Monday night and then how Vegas divvies carries.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Dolphins. That leaves Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber in Vegas’ backfield again. Drake played 71% of the offensive snaps last week, tallying 7 carries and 6 targets. He’s a RB2 in PPR leagues; a RB3 or flex in non-PPR.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. Carr has turned in QB9 and QB8 weekly finishes so far this season and is a viable fantasy start vs. the Dolphins on Sunday.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. It’ll be Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber in Vegas’ backfield again. Drake played 71% of the offensive snaps last week but was out-carried 13 to 7 by Barber. Drake racked up 6 targets, though, and is a borderline RB2 for Week 3.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle) put in a full practice on Wednesday. HC Jon Gruden confirmed afterward that Carr is "ready to go" for this weekend's game vs. the Dolphins. Carr, who sits 5th among QBs in fantasy points so far, is a viable QB1 play in Week 3.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. HC Jon Gruden already called Jacobs "very questionable" for this weekend's game against the Dolphins, so fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him. With Jacobs out last week, RB Kenyan Drake garnered 7 carries and 6 targets vs. Peyton Barber's 13 carries and 0 targets.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden said Monday that RB Josh Jacobs is "very questionable" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Jacobs missed Week 2 with toe and ankle injuries, and his coach doesn't sound optimistic or Week 3, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. That would leave the Vegas backfield to Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber once again. Drake dominated the playing time at Pittsburgh, 71% to 29%, but each RB drew 13 opportunities. We'd still bet on Drake over Barber in Week 3 if you're making that decision. And we'll certainly be watching Jacobs' status this week.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden on Monday deemed QB Derek Carr questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins because of an ankle sprain, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Carr played every offensive snap in the Week 2 win at Pittsburgh, so it's not clear just when the injury occurred. With backup Marcus Mariota already on IR for a quad injury, the Raiders would need to turn to Nathan Peterman if Carr can't go. If that happens, try to use the Miami defense.

Update: Ian Rapoport reports that Gruden said he thinks Carr will be able to play this week, after they saw results of the MRI on Carr's ankle.

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