Raiders news: Derek Carr not expected to miss time from back spasms
After starting the season winning their first two games, the Oakland Raiders now find themselves on a two-game skid following their 16-10 road loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. As if that wasn’t enough to ruin their week, the Raiders also saw starting quarterback Derek Carr exit the Denver game with a back injury.
Carr exited the contest with five minutes remaining in the third quarter after getting sacked by Broncos pass rushers. The quarterback took to the locker room afterward and didn’t return to action, leaving the signal-calling duties to backup EJ Manuel. Before departing the game for good, Carr was 10-of-18 for 143 yards with a touchdown.
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio didn’t seem too bothered, however, when asked about Carr’s injury in the postgame presser.
Per Conor Orr of NFL.com:
“I think he just got roughed up there. He got tackled. Something causes his back to spasm up,” Del Rio said. “I didn’t see much that would indicate the he would be injured. His back spasmed up.”
Michael Silver of NFL.com later eased off some of the concerns of Raiders nation by giving an encouraging update.
I'm told Derek Carr took a knee to the kidney area, which caused numbness in his legs. He should be good to go next week. @nflnetwork
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) October 2, 2017
The Raiders’ offense has been down the past two games, averaging just 10 points. Before being limited to only 254 total yards by Denver, the Raiders put up just 128 a week before against the Washington Redskins. A possible absence for Carr would put Oakland’s offense in a worse shape, especially now that the team’s rushing attack is sputtering, compiling just 56 total yards the past two weeks.
Oakland hosts the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.