Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is hurting. The 21-year-old has looked like a star despite dealing with a fractured shoulder, which has caused him to miss two of the past three games.
So when Jacobs posted a video announcing he had surgery, it was easy for Raiders fans to assume Jacobs addressed his shoulder issue.
That doesn’t appear to be the case.
In a video on his Instagram page, Jacobs revealed he had unexpected surgery over the Christmas holiday, which looks like a procedure on his shin or lower leg.
The clip starts with Jacobs sitting in a hospital bed. The caption reads, “Surgery went great fastest surgery ever.” The camera then turns to Jacobs’ left leg, which appears to be covered in a bandage. The caption now reads, “This was random I didn’t plan on even being here.”
Jacobs revealed that the surgery was not related to a football injury. He says he had an infection. The Raiders confirmed that, saying Jacobs woke up Wednesday with leg discomfort and was diagnosed with a superficial skin infection.
While it’s unclear whether Jacobs will play in Week 17, the Raiders might be best served by sitting him. Between the shoulder issue and the surgery, Jacobs has dealt with a lot in his rookie season.
At 7-8, the Raiders still have a shot at the playoffs, but the team needs a lot of help to get there. The Raiders would have to defeat the Denver Broncos in the regular-season finale, and then get help from four other teams to get in.
Even if Jacobs misses another game, his rookie season has to be considered a major success. After being part of a committee at Alabama, Jacobs has looked special as a full-time runner.
Through 13 games, Jacobs has rushed for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns. He looks like a future star as long as he can stay healthy.
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