Josh Jacobs says he had unexpected surgery in mysterious Instagram video

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is hurting. The 21-year-old has looked like a superstar despite dealing with a fractured shoulder. Jacobs has tried to tough it out, but has missed two of the past three games with the injury.

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So when Jacobs posted a video announcing he had surgery, it was easy for Raiders fans to assume Jacobs was finally able to address his shoulder issue. That doesn’t appear to be the case.

In a video on his Instagram page, Jacobs revealed he had unexpected surgery over the holiday. Based on the video it looks like Jacobs had a procedure on his shin or lower leg.

The clip starts with Jacobs sitting in a hospital bed. The caption reads, “Surgery went great fastest surgery ever.” The camera then turns to Jacobs’ left leg, which appears to be covered in a bandage. The caption now reads, “This was random I didn’t plan on even being here.”

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NFL Top 100 Players of 2019: Nos. 25 - 1

25. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks QB

2018 rank: 11

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24. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers LB

2018 rank: 12

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23. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns WR

2018 rank: 77

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22. Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots CB

2018 rank: N/A

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

21. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs TE

2018 rank: 24

(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)

20. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts QB

2018 rank: N/A

(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

19. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs WR

2018 rank: 40

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

18. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys RB

2018 rank: 54

(AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

17. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers QB

2018 rank: 56

(AP Foto/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

16. Saquon Barkley, New York GIants RB

2018 rank: N/A

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

15. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks LB

2018 rank: 21

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

14. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints RB

2018 rank: 20

(AP Photo/Gary Landers)

13. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints WR

2018 rank: 81

(AP Photo/Bill Feig)

12. JJ Watt, Houston Texans DE

2018 rank: 84

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11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans WR

2018 rank: 13

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10. Von Miller, Denver Broncos LB

2018 rank: 9

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9. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons WR

2018 rank: 4

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8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers QB

2018 rank: 10

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7. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders WR

2018 rank: 2

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6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB

2018 rank: 1

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

5. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams RB

2018 rank: 6

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

4. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs QB

2018 rank: N/A

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

3. Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears LB

2018 rank: 16

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2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints QB

2018 rank: 8

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1. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams DT

2018 rank: 7

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And that’s all anyone knows about the issue. The Raiders haven’t revealed what happened with Jacobs. The running back hasn’t offered up any additional information about the surgery.

While it’s unclear whether Jacobs will play in Week 17, the Raiders might be best served by sitting the rookie. Between the shoulder issue and the surgery, Jacobs has dealt with a lot in his rookie season.

At 7-8, the Raiders still have a shot at the playoffs, but the team needs a lot of help to get there. The Raiders would have to defeat the Denver Broncos in the regular-season finale, and then get help from four other teams to get in.

Even if Jacobs misses another game, his rookie season has to be considered a major success. After being part of a committee at Alabama, Jacobs has looked special as a full-time runner.

Through 13 games, Jacobs has rushed for 1,150 yards and 7 touchdowns. He looks like a future star as long as he can stay healthy.


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