Oakland Raiders beginning proper guard Gabe Jackson went down with a left leg damage that the crew fears may very well be critical throughout Thursday’s joint apply with the Los Angeles Rams.
Jackson was injured early within the session when somebody rolled into his leg. He was taken off the sector on a cart and proprietor Mark Davis went into the locker room shortly after that for nearly 15 minutes.
“We’re involved clearly,” coach Jon Gruden mentioned. “Actually involved about him however we’ll get extra info right here after we may be particular for you. I do not wish to speculate.”
Jackson, a third-round decide in 2014, is a key a part of Oakland’s offensive line and the crew’s longest-tenured participant alongside quarterback Derek Carr and defensive sort out Justin Ellis. He acquired a five-year, $56 million extension in 2017 and is being counted on to be an enormous a part of Carr’s safety this season.
The Raiders already shall be with out beginning left guard Richie Incognito for the primary two regular-season video games due to a suspension and prime backup Denzelle Good is predicted to overlook the beginning of the season after present process again surgical procedure.
Jonathan Cooper is predicted to begin in Incognito’s place to start the season. Denver Kirkland and Jordan Devey cut up time in Jackson’s place for the rest of the apply.
If Jackson goes to overlook vital time, the Raiders might look so as to add extra depth on the place.
“We’ll need to put our heads collectively and try the place we’re going if we have to,” Gruden mentioned.
Earlier than getting damage, Jackson was concerned in one in all two scuffles that passed off throughout a extra heated joint apply than the primary session between the groups on Wednesday.
Jackson acquired twisted up with Rams star defensive sort out Aaron Donald at one level, main gamers on each groups to hurry to the pile and Los Angeles coach Sean McVay to run over from the other subject to verify it did not escalate.
“It is ,” Donald mentioned. “It is simply apply, it is simply how the feelings (are) some days. Slightly little bit of pushing and shoving by no means damage anyone. We’re simply getting after it.”
There was one other run-in shortly after that between the Rams protection and the Raiders offense earlier than tempers calmed. The remainder of apply went on with none incidents.
“What I cherished was the truth that our guys have been in a position to regather themselves, had our poise and composure about ourselves, when it comes to having the ability to end out apply,” McVay mentioned. “I believed credit score to each groups to have the ability to do this since you see when issues get chippy early on, typically you find yourself having to cancel these practices. We positively did not wish to lose that apply alternative and to the gamers’ credit score, we did not.”
After the 2 apply periods, the groups will play the exhibition opener in Oakland on Saturday night time with few starters anticipated to play. McVay mentioned he might play his two new beginning offensive linemen, middle Brian Allen and sort out Joe Noteboom, for a few sequence. Linebacker Micah Kiser and defensive sort out Sebastian Joseph-Day are the 2 defensive starters anticipated to play.
Gruden wasn’t certain which starters would play for Oakland however mentioned most have been unlikely to get a lot time, if any, on Saturday. One participant out for certain for the Raiders is star receiver Antonio Brown, who has not but taken half in a full apply due to a foot ailment.
ESPN reported Wednesday that Brown has been coping with a case of frostbite suffered whereas getting cryotherapy therapy in France final month.
Gruden mentioned Brown remains to be gathering details about his damage however would not provide any particulars.
“I am not going to get into the precise nature of the ft,” he mentioned. “I am simply not.”
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