He obviously did not return to the game for the Raiders, but his backup EJ Manuel did his best to keep the Raiders in a tight ball game in Denver. Derek Carr is expected to miss at least two weeks with a transverse process fracture in his back. In addition, Monday's news that Carr will miss up to six weeks makes the present feel even worse.
Carr had x-rays and an MRI, but both were inconclusive.
The news that came out Monday afternoon confirmed it. He broke his leg in the second-to-last game of the regular season in 2016 with the Raiders holding a 12-3 record. "He's a great kid, he'll bounce back".
"When he can come back, he'll come back".
The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out from either side of the vertebrae. It's not a risk to Carr's spinal health and the injury isn't serious in the grand scheme.
This injury does cause significant pain and spasm, but it is truly a pain tolerance and functional issue.
Simply put, the Raiders weren't able to show that they could get it done in their first two games without Carr previous year.
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Romo had good reason to be: He had two of them at the same time in 2014. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a similar injury in a vehicle accident, which caused him to miss one week.
Which means, the already struggling Raiders are not fine, either.
But if Carr's situation becomes longer term, the Raiders would be insane not to consider Kaepernick.
Oakland has dropped its last two games. Manuel entered the game on Sunday when Carr was injured and he completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards and one interception. But it's hard to imagine that Del Rio would embrace the idea, especially if he believes that Carr's injury status is temporary.
Despite the apparent discrepancy, the Raiders medical staff did not err, and Del Rio did not lie. "He did some things really well, and so there's some definite positive, encouraging signs, that we can build on".
According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, Carr could be out two to six weeks with a fracture in his back. Going against two very tough defense in the Chiefs and the Bills could give Manuel a hard time.