Derek Carr Expected to Miss 2-6 Weeks After Back Injury Diagnosed as Fracture

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2017

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 01:  Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders leaves the game with an injury against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Monday that quarterback Derek Carr suffered a fracture in his back and would be out at least two weeks.


Coach Del Rio announced QB Derek Carr has a transverse process fracture. "It could be as short as two weeks β€” it could be longer." https://t.co/hJsR7Ld196

Adam Schefter of ESPN and Vic Tafur of The Athletic reported Carr could be out up to six weeks.

Carr was hurt in the third quarter of Oakland's 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. His injury was initially described as back spasms.

"I think he just got roughed up there. He got tackled. Something caused his back to spasm up," Del Rio said, per Conor Orr of NFL.com. "I didn't see much that would indicate the he would be injured. His back spasmed up."

Said Carr: "I tried to come in here and have them work on it. I tried to throw and all those kind of things, and it just wasn't ready yet. I tried to do anything I could to be back out there. I just couldn't."

As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk noted, Carr's timetable to return could be short:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

In 2014, #Cowboys QB Tony Romo suffered the transverse process fracture. He missed one game. #Raiders hope it’s the same for Derek Carr.

Michael David Smith @MichaelDavSmith

Derek's brother David Carr suffered a similar injury in 2007 and missed one game. https://t.co/ZFTBXVymMt

If that timetable is extended, however, it would be a major blow for an Oakland team that has Super Bowl aspirations but has opened the season just 2-2. The Raiders had to adjust to life without Carr at the end of last season after he broke his fibula in Week 16. The team then lost its next game against the Broncos, missing a chance for a first-round bye in the playoffs, and lost at the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round.

With Carr sidelined, the team will turn to EJ Manuel at quarterback. Manuel finished 11-of-17 for 106 yards with an interception after Carr was injured Sunday.


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