Carr dislocated finger in two places, but Raiders expect him to play vs Bills

Carr dislocated finger in two places, but Raiders expect him to play vs Bills

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr dislocated his right pinky finger in two places, as confirmed by his brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr on Monday afternoon.

That generally isn’t a good thing, but Carr was able to snap his finger back in place, return after missing just one series, and lead his Raiders to a 35-32 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

X-rays showed Carr’s finger wasn’t broken, a positive development following a botched snap that mangled his smallest digit.

The Raiders believe Carr will be fine moving forward, which is great news for a team so dependent on its quarterback.

“I’m not a medical guy, but I know he banged it pretty good,” Del Rio said. "He went in and made sure it wasn’t broken. He was able to return.

“I think he’s going to be okay. He was able to come back and finish (the game). I think he’s going to be fine.”

David Carr also said his brother’s throwing motion, which comes straight over the top, doesn’t require much from his pinky finger.

“He can almost hold the ball and float that pinky,” David Carr said on the NFL Network. “It’s almost useless. It still hurts. There’s pain there, and he had to get used to it.”

Carr hasn’t worn a glove on his throwing hand during games, but used one upon return to Sunday’s game for added support.

The Raiders were unsure of how he would play after coming back to the game, but Carr calmed fears on his first play back. He threw a 17-yard laser to tight end Clive Walford that relieved sideline stress.

“We were wondering how it was going to go when he first got back out there,” Del Rio said. “But he settled in and fired away.”

Derek Carr said on Sunday night that he expects to practice during the week and play next week against the Buffalo Bills.

Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster


Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster

The Raiders have a lot of quarterbacks under contract, certainly more than they’ll have come September.

That means the battle to be Derek Carr’s backup should be fierce. EJ Manuel had that title last year, with a shot to retain it after re-signing with the club on Thursday afternoon.

Veteran Josh Johnson signed up Monday, and those two will join third-year man Connor Cook behind Carr on the depth chart.

New head coach Jon Gruden loved Cook coming out of the draft, but the Michigan State alum failed to earn the backup job last season and must make a move up the depth chart to kickstart his career.

Manuel has a strong arm and starting experience, making him a steady and solid backup option. He completed 24-of-43 passes for 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two games when Carr was hurt.

Johnson might be a camp arm at this point, though he’ll be given a chance to compete this spring and summer.

Carr has been hurt for at least a small stretch in each of the last two seasons. Having Manuel in that spot might offer stability.

Gruden addressed last year’s backup quarterbacks last month at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gruden on Manuel: “I think EJ is a young, talented guy,” Gruden said. “He’s been in the facility working out on his own every day. There is a bright upside to him, too, as a young quarterback to keep working with. He’s a free agent, but the Philadelphia Eagles proved that’s a pretty damn important position, isn’t it? Right? So we have to address that and see where we are.”

Gruden on Cook: “I am kind of surprised Connor hasn’t played in two years, other than the playoff game he got in as a rookie. After Derek got hurt last year, they turned the ball to EJ. I don’t know where Connor Cook is. I am frustrated right now that I can’t spend any time with him, but, April 9th (when the Raiders offeseason program starts) will be an exciting day for me and Connor Cook.”

Raiders sign tackle Breno Giacomini


Raiders sign tackle Breno Giacomini

The Raiders need help at right tackle, the lone vacancy along their offensive line. They signed a veteran presence on Thursday afternoon, adding 32-year old Breno Giacomini as the frontrunner to join the starting five.

He has 86 starts in 94 career games, and has been a full-time starter three of the last four years. Giacomini spent 2017 in Houston and the previous three seasons with the New York Jets.

He was a Seattle Seahawk before that, working with Raiders offensive line coach Tom Cable for three of his four years there. Cable gave Giacomini his first chance to start in the second half of 2011, and held the post through 2012.

The bond between the two is clearly strong, considering what Giacomini tweeted shortly after Cable got fired in Seattle.

Coach and player will reunite, hoping to provide steadiness on the right side of the Raiders offensive line.

He’ll compete for a starting spot with Vadal Alexander, second-year pros David Sharpe and Jylan Ware and possibly a drafted player. Giacomini should be considered the favorite unless the Raiders use an early pick on an offensive lineman.

Giacomini has plenty of starts, but his Pro Football Focus numbers aren’t pretty. The analytics says he allowed nine sacks, eight quarterback hits and 64 pressures with Houston last year. He had some decent years under Cable, and a return to that form might push him into the starting lineup for good. Time will tell on that front.