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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs dealing with an illness as well as groin issue

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Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was unable to log in a full practice on Wednesday while nursing a groin injury. It appears that is not the only affliction he is dealing with.

Recovering from an injured groin is a challenge in itself. Unfortunately, it seems he has also been battling sickness that has forced him to lose 10 pounds, via Instagram.

The prospect of Jacobs losing such a significant amount of weight in a short time may seem far-fetched. Regardless, it is indicative of how he has been feeling heading into Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Raiders made quite the investment when they took Jacobs with the 24th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has managed to provide some immediate return thus far by rushing for 184 yards and two touchdowns on a stellar 5.3 yards per carry through the first two games. Although he has only hauled in one pass for 28 yards, he has still firmly established himself as the workhorse early on.

Jacobs figures to have his work cut out against a formidable Vikings defense that has given up just two yards per carry this season. It could prove to be much more difficult if he is still slowed by injury or illness. Regardless, there is no question that the Raiders will take every precaution they can to ensure that he is at least near full health.

If Jacobs is unable to play, Oakland will have to rely on running backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington to carry the load in his absence.