The 26-year-old was a full participant at Friday’s practice, and he’s no longer on the injury report. This means that he’ll suit up against the Los Angeles Chargers after missing just one game.
This is all the more impressive when considering that initial injury reports had Carr missing anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks.
“He’ll be ready to play,” said Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. “I think it was smart to give him the week (off), which we did. Even though he was pushing for last week.
“He’s cleared to go and got the green light. Doctors and trainers all gave him the go. He had a full week of practice for the most part, so we’re ready to go.”
Whether Carr will be 100% or not is the question. He suffered a fractured transverse process in his back. And it seems that he’s rushing back from the injury.
But this is little surprise to his teammates because few are more passionate about the game than Carr. In fact, he apologized to his coach after suffering the injury.
“It was just my love for this team,” Carr said. “When I found out, I just told him, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I won’t be 100 percent right now.’
“I felt bad because I care so much about this team and this organization that even though I had a broken back, I still felt bad that I couldn’t be out there to help because, I sat there for two games last year and had to watch knowing there’s nothing I could do to help.”
Carr’s Performance after Last Year’s Injury
This isn’t Carr’s first time dealing with a major injury. He broke the pinkie finger in his throwing hand last season and didn’t miss any games.
However, his season ended in Week 16 when he fractured his right fibula. Carr was forced to miss the season finale at Denver, along with a playoff loss against Houston the next week.
The Raiders are 2-9 when Carr has to sit out games. So obviously it’s a big benefit to have him back, especially if he can play close to 100%.
Comparing Carr to Tony Romo’s Injury
In 2014, Romo fractured two transverse processes in his back. He missed one game, before returning the next week to throw for 246 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions against the Jacksonville jaguars.
The following week, Romo threw for 275 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions while playing against the New York Giants.
This isn’t to say that Carr’s experience will be exactly like Romo’s. Furthermore, it’s possible that his fractured back could be even worse than what Romo dealt with.
But then again, Carr suffered one fractured transverse while Romo had two. This means that Carr could potentially be even better off than Romo when he takes the field.
Chargers vs. Raiders Odds
We have the Raiders at -3.5 (-105) on our GTBets line this week. This seems like a good line even without Carr because Oakland is playing at home, and the Chargers are 1-4.
It seems even more plausible to think that the Raiders can cover -3.5 with their starter under center.
But the key issue will be how well Carr has recovered in his short injury layoff. If he plays like himself, then winning should be no problem.
The Raiders are off to a disappointing 2-3 start, and they desperately need a win to stay in the AFC West title hunt. They finished second to the Chiefs last year with a 12-4 record.
As for Carr, he’s played well in his three and a half games of action. He’s tallied 732 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and a 101.2 rating.