ALAMEDA – The Raiders listed quarterback Derek Carr as questionable for Sunday’s game versus Baltimore.
Yeah, you read that right.
The information came Friday afternoon, five days after Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back and shortly after he completed his second limited practice of the week.
Carr is ahead of schedule. That much is clear.
It doesn’t, however, change the fact EJ Manuel is expected to start against the Ravens.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said Monday that Carr’s recovery could last from 2-6 weeks. That’s real time, not NFL games.
Carr, however, is pushing to play right away. That still seems unrealistic, though he is a persuasive sort.
Carr facing the Los Angeles Chargers is definitely in play, and would fall on the earliest part of that rehabilitation timetable. It would also match precedent for quarterbacks dealing with this injury. Both Tony Romo and Cam Newton missed one game with transverse process fractures.
Carr has proved mobile and accurate during portions of practice open to the media, which consist of stretching and individual drills. The press doesn’t get to see team periods after training camp, though Manuel is being prepped to lead the Raiders into their next game.
The Raiders are 2-2 heading into a three-game home stand against Baltimore, the L.A. Chargers and the rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. It seems imperative Carr returns for a game 13 days from now, though the Chargers game would be a bonus.
It seems unlikely Carr is active against Baltimore, though Del Rio didn’t offer insight on Carr or four other questionable Raiders.
That list includes cornerbacks Gareon Conley (shin) and David Amerson (concussion). Del Rio said Amerson had cleared the league’s concussion protocol, though his status remains uncertain. Conley was given last week off to help heal a shin injury that has plagued the first-round rookie since June.
Sean Smith, TJ Carrie and Dexter McDonald fared well after the injured duo became unavailable, though the Raiders would like to reach full strength in the secondary.
Running back DeAndre Washington (hamstring) and right guard Gabe Jackson (foot) are questionable. Vadal Alexander or Jon Feliciano would fill in if Jackson can’t go.
Receiver Michael Crabtree was taken off the injury report and will play, as expected.