Derek Carr wanted to play last week, will play this week

AP

Derek Carr wanted to play last week. He promises to play this week.

The Raiders quarterback said Wednesday he was close to playing Sunday despite a transverse process fracture in his back.

“If it was up to me, really close,” Carr said, via Jack Wang of the Southern California News Group. “I let that be known.”

Carr apologized to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio after his injury diagnosis.

“I felt bad because I care so much about this team and organization,” Carr said, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Raiders gained only 245 yards in a 30-17 loss to the Ravens as E.J. Manuel completed 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. Carr injured his back in a loss to the Broncos on Oct. 1.

Although Del Rio initially said Carr would miss two to six weeks with the injury, the quarterback returned to practice last week. Carr took snaps behind Manuel on Thursday and Friday. The Raiders listed him as questionable on their status report, and he was inactive Sunday.

Del Rio said on a conference call with Chargers reporters that Carr would be limited in Wednesday’s practice.

“We have to see how the week actually does go, and not just what I’m hoping for,” Del Rio said, via Eric Williams of ESPN. “We have to see him be able to protect himself, and be able to execute and run the offense the way we need him to. We’ll go through practice and make the determination later in the week.”

But Del Rio reiterated that he expects his starting quarterback to return against the Chargers.

“I’m expecting that he’ll be ready to go,” Del Rio said.

22 responses to “Derek Carr wanted to play last week, will play this week

  1. What’s he rushing back for? The Raiders aren’t winning that division. Rest him and trade him next season.

  2. Will his O-Line block? Penn and Jackson got big pay raises and have proceeded to stink ever since. Sometimes I think Carr is the only thing keeping this team together.

  3. Carr is a good guy and has the potential to be a great qb. Until the organization puts a full team around him, including coaching staff, he is sinking in quicksand. Right now, he has nothing except Mack.

  4. I have lots of concerns about Carr playing this week.

    First, if he’s not 100% healthy then why risk more serious injury – that’s what happened when he broke his leg after he continued playing with a damaged pinky finger.

    I’m also concerned about whether he can regain his effectiveness behind that o-line (especially Penn) that is unwilling and/or unable to protect him.

  5. Uh two division games in 5 days against two of the leagues prime time pass rushers (bosa and Houston). An offensive line who is showing that the weren’t all they were made out to be. Yeah I can’t see how this will or can go wrong but hey I’m a chiefs fan I say roll him out there.

  6. People still going on about conspiracy theories of the oline not blocking for him.

    Nevermind they went from a power blocking to zone blocking. That couldn’t be it though, wouldn’t fit some people’s agenda.

  7. Also who says he’s rushing it? Other player came back less than a week from it with a worse break and its been two weeks for Carr. I think people just hear “back injury” and freak out.

  8. It won’t matter who’s playing QB. The Offensive line is a mess.It’s astonishing how fast the Raiders Offensive line fell from top ranked to in the tank. In fairness, it’s really on the flanks where most of the trouble is. Penn and Newhouse are human turnstiles.

  9. If Carr takes any hits, and it will happen….DelRio should pull him or the season is over. Chargers are demoralized with the disastrous relocation.They shouldn’t win except they play better on the road than at home in front of high school sized crowds (groups) who are rooting for the visiting team. The Chargers are unraveling.

  10. guyjuneguyjune says:
    October 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    The Chargers are unraveling.
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    Normally you’d make this sort of statement about a team that lost their previous game, especially if it was at home, by a large margin. Like Oakland, for example.

  11. war27 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    He broke his leg because his finger was broken???? really????

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    I stand corrected…I suppose there wouldn’t be ANY possibility that the pain in the finger on Carr’s throwing hand was so severe that it may have led to a lapse of awareness of the pass rush that may resulted in the sack that broke his leg.

  12. The man has a broken back… Think about that for a minute. A broken back. Severity be damned, there is still a BREAK in the mans back. And this happened only a few weeks ago.

    I don’t see how this can end well. May God protect you, Derek.

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