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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was arrested for DUI in Vegas early Monday morning, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. Jacobs was brought to a hospital for minor injuries after police responded to his 1-car crash. Jacobs' lawyers released a statement saying their client will plead not guilty. "No complaint has been filed against our client and there are no blood test results to support a suggestion of impairment," the statement reads. "We intend to enter a not guilty plea on behalf of Mr. Jacobs if he is ever charged." We'll see where the situation goes this offseason.

The Raiders have activated LB Nicholas Morrow off the COVID list. He spent less than a week on there, so was clearly just a close contact rather than a positive test. Morrow should be ready to face Denver -- and get back into IDP lineups -- this Sunday.

The Raiders have placed LB Nicholas Morrow on the COVID list, where he joins Nick Kwiatkoski. That leaves Vegas with Cory Littleton, Raekwon McMillan and Kyle Wilber as the top 3 LBs. None is a strong IDP bet.

Raiders WR Henry Ruggs has been activated from the COVID list and is expected back for Saturday night’s game vs. the Dolphins. The rookie hasn’t topped 3 catches in a game all season and is nothing more than a DFS flier.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (groin) isn't listed on the final Week 16 injury report after putting in full practices on Wednesday and Thursday. He's set to start Saturday night's game vs. the Dolphins. Between the injury and the matchup, he's just a low-end QB2.

The Raiders on Wednesday placed LB Nick Kwiatkoski on the COVID list. It's not yet clear whether he tested positive or was merely a close contact, but that probably doesn't matter just 3 days away from Saturday night's clash with the Dolphins. No Kwiatkoski should mean more playing time for LB Cory Littleton. Nicholas Morrow also figures to get a boost in tackle upside, assuming he's ready to return from his concussion.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (groin) put in a limited practice on Tuesday and split 1st-team reps with QB Marcus Mariota, HC Jon Gruden said. "We'll see how it goes this week," Gruden added. Carr was expected to be sidelined about 2 weeks with his groin injury, but it looks like Vegas is holding out hope that he'll be able to play vs. Miami on Saturday night. Stay tuned.

Raiders QB Derek Carr is expected to be out 10-14 days with the groin injury he suffered early in Thursday night's loss to the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Carr figures to miss Week 16 and should be considered iffy for Week 17. QB Marcus Mariota was impressive in relief on Thursday, throwing for 226 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT -- and running for 88 yards and another score. Vegas gets a tough Dolphins defense next week, though, which figures to keep Mariota out of QB1 territory in our rankings.

8:12pm EST 12/17/20

Raiders QB Derek Carr suffered a groin injury in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's game vs. the Chargers and is officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update. QB Marcus Mariota has replaced Carr.

Update: Carr won't return to this game.

The Raiders have ruled out defensive starters S Johnathan Abram (concussion), LB Nicholas Morrow (concussion), DE Clelin Ferrell (shoulder) and CB Damon Arnette (concussion, neck) for Thursday night’s game against the Chargers. That obviously enhances an already favorable matchup for a struggling Chargers offense. We’ll see if Anthony Lynn & Co. allow Justin Herbert’s crew to take advantage

The Raiders have placed WR Henry Ruggs on the COVID list, which will keep him out of Thursday night's game against the Chargers. That takes speed out of the lineup for Vegas, but Ruggs has yet to top 3 catches in a game this year. The rookie did rank 2nd (slightly) behind Nelson Agholor in snaps among Raiders wideouts in Sunday's loss to the Colts. His absence figures to elevate the role of fellow rookie Bryan Edwards, who operated as the #4 receiver against Indy. Edwards would join Agholor and Hunter Renfrow as the top 3 at the position for an upside matchup with a struggling Chargers defense.

The Raiders could be without DE Clelin Ferrell, LB Nicholas Morrow and S Johnathan Abram when they play the Chargers on Thursday night. Morrow and Abram each left in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game with concussions. HC Jon Gruden said Monday they're in the concussion protocol. The short turnaround for Week 15 makes them unlikely to be ready. Ferrell left in the 1st quarter with a left-shoulder injury. Gruden also said it will be "tough" for Ferrell to make it back for Thursday night, according to SB Nation's Bill Williamson. We'll keep an eye on their statuses, but plan to have none of the 3 available for IDP use. Ferrell's absence would likely mean starter-level snaps for Arden Key, after DE Carl Nassib was a healthy scratch the past 2 weeks. Morrow's absence should mean a playing-time boost for disappointing LB Cory Littleton. Dallin Leavitt looks like the fill-in for Abram, with Jeff Heath's concussion having landed him on IR Saturday. The Raiders also might continue to miss starting CB Damon Arnette (concussion).

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is "dressed out, running around, being active as part of" pregame warmups, according to insider Vincent Bonsignore. So Jacobs was trolling with his social media post? It now looks like Jacobs will play against the Colts, but you can look elsewhere if you want to play it safe.

Despite being active for today's game, Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) posted on Instagram: "Sorry guys I'm not playing today." So it looks like he's active as only an emergency option -- and maybe not even that. Remove Jacobs from fantasy lineups. Vegas will again go with RBs Devontae Booker and Jalen Richard.

Raiders S Johnathan Abram (knee) is active for today's game against the Colts. He arrived questionable but is ready for IDP use.

2:12pm EST 12/13/20

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Colts. He only got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Jacobs is “nearly at full strength.” Consider him a risk/reward RB2.

8:12am EST 12/13/20

The Raiders on Saturday placed S Jeff Heath on IR with his concussion. That knocks him out for at least Week 14 through Week 16, meaning you should drop Heath from all IDP rosters. Erik Harris looks like a good bet to start the rest of the way. He doesn't land high in our Week 14 IDP rankings but is an option.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is expected to play against the Colts today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jacobs seemingly made a ton of progress this week after HC Jon Gruden said Monday that he didn't expect Jacobs to play. He only got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, but Rapoport hears that Jacobs is "nearly at full strength." The ankle issue still adds some risk, and the matchup is on the tough side. But Jacobs is worth getting back into most fantasy lineups.

The Raiders have ruled S Jeff Heath (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Colts. S Johnathan Abram (knee) is questionable. He managed limited practices all week after missing last Sunday's game. We'll see about his status Sunday.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Colts. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. HC Jon Gruden said early in the week that he didn’t expect Jacobs to play, but it looks like he’s progressed better than expected. Colts-Raiders doesn’t kick off until 4:05 pm ET on Sunday, but we’ll look for an update on Jacobs that morning.

 
 
 

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