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Raiders running back Josh Jacobs playing through shoulder fracture

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — While Oakland Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs, whose 1,061 rushing yards rank fourth in the NFL, revealed on social media he has been playing with a fractured right shoulder since Week 7 — “I just play on it,” Jacobs wrote on Snapchat — quarterback Derek Carr commended the first-round draft pick’s wherewithal.

“Josh is special,” Carr said Wednesday. “If Josh wasn’t able to play, I would completely understand, with what he’s dealing with. But the fact that he keeps suiting up and going out there and not only running, but running with the style that he runs with, I don’t think enough can be said about that guy.”

Jacobs initially injured the shoulder doling out a hit against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Oct. 20 and left the game before taking what Raiders coach Jon Gruden described as a pain-killing injection and returning. Jacobs has not missed a game, though his work load has been watched closely and managed.

“He’s tough, man, he’s tough,” Gruden said Wednesday. “He is a tough guy. He is a great kid, and he’s smart. He is a great competitor. Those are the things that people don’t see; maybe they feel it. But he is off the charts when it comes to being on the mark, in terms of his assignments, and he has a lot of pride in his performance.

“He’s the perfect centerpiece for our offense.”

Gruden would not comment on the extent of Jacobs’ injury, saying only that Jacobs has been playing through “a lot” since the hit in Green Bay. And although Jacobs sat out of practice Wednesday, he is not expected to miss the Raiders’ game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in Oakland.

Jacobs, taken with the No. 24 overall selection in April’s NFL draft with a pick acquired from the Chicago Bears for edge rusher Khalil Mack, briefly entered the Raiders’ locker room Wednesday with his right shoulder taped. He did not stick around for questions.

After Sunday’s 40-9 loss at Kansas City, in which he rushed for 104 yards, Jacobs lamented the Raiders’ second consecutive blowout loss.

“We have a really good team, and we know that we’re not necessarily showcasing it right now,” he said at the time. “That’s the biggest thing that’s frustrating me. But the thing that I liked this week that was better than last week was nobody gave up, so that was huge for us.

“Last week, I feel like people gave up in the game [at the New York Jets]. The biggest thing this game, I don’t feel like nobody gave up in this game. Of course, I’m disappointed in the loss, but I’m not frustrated, if that makes sense.”

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Sources — Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) expected back vs. Bills

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, who has been sidelined by an injury to the AC joint in his right shoulder, is expected to play Sunday night against the visiting Buffalo Bills, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

Listed as questionable on the team’s injury report, Conner hasn’t played since a brief appearance against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 14.

Conner injured the AC joint during the final two minutes of a win against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28. He was wrapping up his best game of the season: 145 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Conner missed the next two games against the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams before trying to play against the Browns, but Conner realized after a quarter that his body wasn’t ready. He left the game after just five carries for 10 yards.

“I just wasn’t ready to come back,” he said at the time. “I just tried to fight through it, but I wasn’t able to.”

Conner has missed the past three games, wins against the Cincinnati Bengals, Browns and Arizona Cardinals, with rookie Benny Snell Jr. taking over in Conner’s absence. Snell rushed for 98 yards against the Bengals, 63 yards against the Browns and just 41 yards last Sunday against the Cardinals.

Information from ESPN’s Brooke Pryor was used in this report.

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Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson clear concussion protocol

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Miami Dolphins top receiver DeVante Parker has been cleared from the concussion protocol and he’s expected to play Sunday vs. the New York Giants.

Parker suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday’s 22-21 loss to the New York Jets. He did not return after hitting his head on the ground following a difficult catch along the sideline.

Albert Wilson was cleared from the concussion protocol as well, meaning the Dolphins will have their two starting receivers back Sunday.

Parker’s return comes after he agreed to a four-year contract extension on Friday evening that is set to keep him in a Dolphins uniform through 2023. The extension is worth up to $40 million with an $8 million signing bonus and more than $20 million guaranteed, according to a source.

Parker and Wilson practiced throughout the week, donning red noncontact jerseys as limited participants Wednesday and Thursday before being upgraded to working the full session with those restrictions Friday.

The Dolphins’ offense has centered around Parker since Preston Williams went on injured reserve in early November.

Parker has a career-high 882 receiving yards and six touchdowns this season, and maybe most importantly he hasn’t missed a game yet for the first time in his NFL career.

Wilson has 26 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown in a season that has been slowed by multiple injuries.

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Sources — Terrell Suggs angling to be claimed by Ravens only

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Terrell Suggs, released by the Cardinals on Friday and eligible to be claimed on waivers Monday at 4 p.m. ET, will strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him, league sources say.

Any team that claims Suggs will owe him just over $350,000 for the final two weeks of the regular season. But Suggs doesn’t care about that money; he cares about returning to Baltimore, which is his overwhelming preference.

With a 12-2 record, the Ravens have the NFL’s lowest waiver claim, meaning every team will have the chance to claim Suggs before Baltimore. Knowing this, Suggs has told some people that he is unlikely to report anywhere other than Baltimore, wanting to finish his NFL career in the same city in which he started it.

The question is whether any contending teams that could use pass-rushing help — and many do — disregard the wishes of Suggs, who started 13 games for the Cardinals this season. The answer will come sometime Monday afternoon.

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