Derek Carr avoids serious rib injury

AP

Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr is going to have to spend some time recovering from a concussion, but he won’t have to do double duty and rehab a serious rib injury at the same time.

Carr was knocked out of Friday night’s game on a hit by Larry Webster of the Lions, he reportedly told team doctors that he heard a crunch, leaving him with injuries to both his head and his ribs. X-rays on the ribs came back negative for any serious injury, however, and coach Dennis Allen said Carr is feeling better. Allen is also feeling good about what Carr was able to do before getting hurt.

“I did see a lot of improvement,” Allen said, via the Associated Press. “I saw some improvement in his accuracy, I saw some improvement in his reads, I saw some improvement on his touch passes. I think that’s a positive sign. There’s still obviously a lot of room for improvement and room for growth, but I did see him take a step forward from his first preseason game.”

Carr played a series with the first team, but that won’t happen again even if he gets cleared to play in the third preseason outing. Allen said Matt Schaub will get the work with the starters in order to get him ready for Week One and that the starters will play a “significant” amount before taking a step back in the final preseason outing. That will likely be Carr’s next chance to play and Schaub’s play come the regular season will probably determine how long he has to wait for another spin.