Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has not back spasms but a fractured transverse process (the thin spikes on the vertebrate) in his back. He’ll miss two to six weeks, and the Raiders could be cooked without him.
At 2-2 and in third place in the AFC West, the Raiders can’t afford to continue their sudden tailspin.
Oakland has three straight home games — Ravens, Chargers, Chiefs — before going on the road to face the Bills and Dolphins. The Raiders then have a bye in Week 10.
Last year, Connor Cook started a wild-card playoff game after Carr suffered a broken leg in Week 16. It didn’t go well. How well the next few weeks go could determine how well the season goes, especially with the 3-0 Chiefs and 3-1 Broncos already in front of them.