The Las Vegas Raiders will be without star running back Josh Jacobs in their Sunday showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jacobs’ fought through a toe injury during the Raiders’ Monday night victory over the Baltimore Ravens, scoring two touchdowns on the ground. Jacobs, however, was shown on the sideline receiving treatment to the toe, changing cleats at one point during the game.
Without Jacobs, FanDuel Sportsbook has the Raiders as a 5.5-point underdog on the road in Pittsburgh. Kenyan Drake is the favorite to carry the load for the Las Vegas, but head coach Jon Gruden indicated on Friday that another back might get an opportunity as well.
“It’s an opportunity for Peyton Barber,” Gruden said. “We really like Barber. I like the way he runs and catches and picks up blitzes.”
Barber has spent five seasons in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Football Team, but will have his hands full against a stout Steelers’ front-seven.
Pittsburgh’s run defense was leaky last week against the Buffalo Bills, but should see a chance to improve this weekend against the Raiders’ backups.