So much for back spasms.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will most likely be out of action for at least two games after sustaining a fracture in his back during Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. Head coach Jack Del Rio made the announcement at a press conference today.
“It could be as short as two weeks (or) it could be longer,” Del Rio said. “When he can come back, he’ll come back.”
Del Rio mentioned that Carr’s injury, a transverse process fracture, typically takes between two and six weeks to heal properly. In any case, EJ Manuel will start in Carr’s place at home on Sunday versus the Baltimore Ravens.
The transverse process fracture affects the vertebrae in the spine, causing painful protrusions. While relatively rare in the NFL, both Tony Romo and Cam Newton suffered the same injury in 2014, the former from a hit similar to the one Carr took, the latter from a car accident. Both signal callers were out for just one game, so Carr could potentially be back earlier than six weeks.
Still, it’s a major blow to a Raiders team that’s lost its footing after two devastating losses. On the plus side, Manuel wasn’t bad in limited action after stepping in for Carr late in the third quarter. In fact, the offense was a bit better under his command.
However, we saw how the Raiders fell apart on the field after Carr broke his leg late in 2016, losing both the final regular season game and their wildcard playoff contest against the Houston Texans. Manuel has been demonstrably better than the two QBs who subbed in for Carr last year (Matt McGloin left for the Philadelphia Eagles and got cut at the end of the preseason, while Connor Cook lost the backup job to Manuel in camp), but the Raiders’ chances to rebound from their current losing streak just took a major hit.