2 To 6 Weeks
With Fracture in Back
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is expected to miss two to six weeks with a fracture in his back, according to published reports Oct. 2.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters at a news conference Oct. 2 that Carr has a transverse process fracture.
"It could be as short as two weeks. It could be longer," Del Rio said.
In 2014 two NFL quarterbacks reportedly suffered transverse process fractures — the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo in a game and the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton in an automobile accident. Both missed one game.
With Carr sidelined, E.J. Manuel will start against the Baltimore Ravens 0n Oct. 8. Manuel completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards with an interception after Carr was sideline late in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 1.
Manuel was 13 of 26 passing for 159 yards and a TD during Oakland's 30-17 loss to the Ravens. He had 15 rushing yards on two carries and was sacked three times.
Before being injured, Carr was 10 of 18 passing for 143 yards and a TD against the Broncos. He has thrown for only two TDs the past two games, losses to Washington and Denver.
Update: Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters on Oct. 9 that quarterback Derek Carr could return to action on Sunday, Oct. 15 against the San Diego Chargers.
"I have that feel," Del Rio said. "I anticipate he'll be ready to go. He was pushing pretty hard last week."
Update: Left tackle Donald Penn told reporters Oct. 5 that Carr told him that he is "very ahead of schedule" in his rehabilitation from his back injury. Carr reportedly took snaps behind E.J. Manuel during practice Oct. 5.