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Derek Carr Comments on Return to Raiders Practice After Leg Surgery

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 14, 2017

Jun 13, 2017; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass during minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr returned to the practice field Tuesday for the first time since suffering a broken fibula last December. 

After taking part in Raiders minicamp, Carr commented about getting back on the field after his 2016 season was cut short, via ESPN's Paul Gutierrez

"The hardest part was taking the first rep, because the last rep you remember was like, 'Oh snap, I broke this thing.' But as soon as the ball was snapped, it was a blessing. It kind of all went away.

"Now, I'm just playing ball again, but leading up to it, I think that was the worst part ... the lead-up, all the rehab. It was like, 'Man, when am I ever going to be able to do this again.' It felt like it was never going to happen."        

The Raiders had a resurgent 2016 season, winning 12 games and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2002. 

Carr was an integral part of that success. The 26-year-old was having an MVP-caliber season with 3,937 passing yards and 28 touchdowns, but it came to a crushing end when his ankle got trapped under Indianapolis Colts linebacker Trent Cole while going down after a sack. 

The Raiders lost their last two games, including a 27-14 defeat against the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card Round that left them with an offseason of asking what might have been if Carr had been healthy. 

With Carr's return, the Raiders can feel optimistic about their chances heading into the 2017 season. 

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