Raiders running back Josh Jacobs may make a little history if he’s named rookie of the year at the end of the season.
The Raiders haven’t had a player win the award in nearly 40 years. Running back Marcus Allen did it in 1982 when the franchise played in Los Angeles.
Jacobs could also become the first player to be named rookie of the year while playing half the season with a fractured right shoulder, something Jacobs revealed earlier this week on social media, the Associated Press reports.
The 24th overall pick in the draft, Jacobs has been dealing with a shoulder injury since Oakland’s Oct. 20 loss in Green Bay when he left, received an injection, and came back to finish the game.
Jacobs hasn’t talked further about his injury. He didn’t answer questions Wednesday and was equally evasive when approached by a pair of reporters.
“Got treatment,” Jacobs said, before walking out of the locker room.
Jacobs has not practiced this week and Raiders coach Jon Gruden did not talk about the severity of Jacobs’ injury.
Not that the injury has slowed him down much.
Jacobs is fourth overall in rushing with 1,061 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s the first Oakland running back to eclipse 1,000 yards since Latavius Murray in 2015 and is on pace to finish with the second-most rushing yards in a single season in franchise history. Allen holds the record with 1,759 yards.
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