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Raiders’ Josh Jacobs will play in Week 3 vs. Vikings

Just two games into his career NFL career, Josh Jacobs has already established himself as arguably the Oakland Raiders’ most valuable playmaker. Good thing, then, that the rookie running back didn’t appear on his team’s final injury report ahead of a Week 3 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Raiders revealed on Monday that Jacobs was dealing with a groin issue after rushing for 99 yards on 12 carries in a Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He didn’t practice on Monday or Tuesday, but was a limited participant in Wednesday’s session with what the team deemed a hip injury. While it’s unclear if those differing injury designations provided by Oakland are evidence of separate maladies or are indeed the same issue, Jacobs has nevertheless been deemed healthy enough to play on Sunday.

The No. 24 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Jacobs quickly endeared himself to the Raiders in the offseason due to his tireless work ethic, professional attitude, and highly versatile skill set. Coach Jon Gruden sung his praises throughout the offseason, and franchise quarterback Derek Carr recently called him a “special player.”

“We know he’s special,” Carr said of Jacobs, per ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “If you’re a little kid and you love the Raiders and you’re a running back, I’d buy his jersey, because he’s going to be around a long time.”

Jacobs had 35 rushes for 184 yards and two touchdowns over the first two games of the season, averaging a stellar 5.3 yards per carry.

The Raiders and Vikings kickoff at 1:00 p.m. EST from Minneapolis.