Gabe Jackson’s Rehab is Ahead of Schedule

It looked like there was a good chance right guard Gabe Jackson would start the season on IR while recovering from a left knee injury. Gabe suffered the injury during the joint training camp practices with the Rams and at the time of the injury it was feared that he could be lost for the season.

Those fears were relieved following an MRI and the new timetable for his return was set for sometime following the team’s week 6 bye. But today, Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden gave an even more optimistic prognosis at his press conference following practice.

“I saw Gabe walking around,” Gruden said “So I followed him around to see how that knee is doing. I’m really happy to see the progress that he has made. We didn’t put him on IR for that reason. We think after the first few ball games, he will be close to returning.”

It was great to hear Jackson may only miss a few games considering how bad the injury was originally thought to be. If the Raiders are going to make a playoff run this season, it will likely be on the backs of the offensive unit. Keeping quarterback Derek Carr upright will be paramount and Gabe Jackson is one of the best offensive linemen on the Raiders roster.

For what it’s worth, Gruden is expecting another key lineman in Richie Incognito (suspension) to return week three and it sounds possible that Jackson could return at about that time, as well.

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