The Raiders dropped to 1-1 on the season, but there weren’t many positives to take away from their second game of the season. Running back Josh Jacobs made some ugly NFL history in the process, setting a record with his -2 rushing day.
On top of that, the team’s other offensive star, wide receiver Davante Adams, exited the game after taking a huge hit late in the fourth quarter. He was evaluated for a concussion after receiving a helmet-to-helmet blow.
The blow came after Jimmy Garoppolo threw into triple coverage. Bills cornerback Cam Lewis broke up the pass before safety Taylor Rapp delivered the jarring blow to the side of Adams’ face.
That ended his afternoon, as he finished the game with six receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. While his availability for next week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is immediately put into question, a positive update was provided by head coach Josh McDaniels.
According to NFL insider Field Yates of ESPN, McDaniels said that Adams is good after taking a big hit on Sunday. That could mean that he will avoid being placed in the league’s concussion protocol, improving his chances of suiting up next week. McDaniels also offered an encouraging update on fellow wide receiver, Jakobi Meyers.
Mayers was injured in the team’s season-opening victory over the Denver Broncos. He also received a brutal hit last week, which led to him eventually being diagnosed with a concussion and being placed in the league’s protocols.
With him progressing in the right direction, it sounds like there is a chance the Raiders’ passing game will be at full strength in Week 3 against the Steelers. That is shaping up to be a huge game as the Steelers lost their home opener in Week 1 and are facing off against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 on Monday Night Football.