Richard (ankle) signed a two-year contract extension with the Raiders on Wednesday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Richard has spent his entire four-year NFL career in Oakland, and he's now set to remain with the Raiders as the team transitions to Las Vegas. The 26-year-old plays a valuable change-of-pace role in the Raiders offense, and he also offers upside in the kick return game on special teams. In the event that workhorse running back Josh Jacobs (shoulder) manages to improve as a pass catcher in his sophomore season, however, it could detract from Richard's usage out of the backfield. Richard appeared to suffer an ankle injury during the 2019 season finale against Denver, and the details of his recovery remain unknown.
Richard was spotted wearing a walking boot Monday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. It appears Richard was banged up during Sunday's season finale against the Broncos. The 26-year-old running back recorded three carries for 20 yards and caught both targets for 39 yards in the loss. No details about the nature of his injury have been revealed, but it's worth keeping an eye on since Richard will be an unrestricted free agent in March. He finished the year with 39 rushes for 145 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and 36 receptions for 323 yards.
Richard is set to serve as the No. 2 running back behind DeAndre Washington in Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Broncos with Josh Jacobs (shoulder) inactive for the contest. Richard couldn't do much with a similar opportunity in Week 16 against the Chargers, rushing just five times for 11 yards and notching four receptions for another 18 yards. He'll get another chance Sunday against a Denver defense allowing an elevated 120.3 rushing yards per contest at home.
Richard rushed for 11 yards on five carries and caught all four of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers. Richard was briefly sidelined by a minor ankle injury during Sunday's tilt as well, but he returned to handle backup duties behind spot-starter DeAndre Washington while rookie Josh Jacobs (shoulder) was held out entirely. Jacobs participated in Tuesday's walk-through, so he'll have a chance to return in Week 17 with the Raiders not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. If Jacobs remains sidelined, however, expect Washington to fill the workhorse role as Richard simply provides a change of pace.
Richard, who was forced out of Sunday's game against the Chargers with an ankle injury, was able to return to the contest, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. With Josh Jacobs (shoulder) out this week, Richard is handling change-of-pace duties in Oakland's backfield behind DeAndre Washington.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/22||New Orleans Saints||4||13.24|
|3||09/27||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|5||10/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|7||10/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|9||11/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|11||11/23||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|15||12/18||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|3 Year Avg||50||226||1||44||395||0||63|