Carr questionable on Raiders injury report; Crabtree expected to play

Carr questionable on Raiders injury report; Crabtree expected to play

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.

Source: Raiders trading veteran WR Patterson to Patriots


Source: Raiders trading veteran WR Patterson to Patriots

The Raiders are trading receiver/kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders will receive a fifth-round pick, while sending a sixth-round pick back to New England, according to the NFL Network. Patterson must pass a physical to complete the transaction, NFL Network is also reporting.

The moved frees $3.25 million in salary cap space for a Raiders team that was up against the NFL spending threshold. Former Washington receiver Ryan Grant is reportedly visiting the Raiders’ Alameda complex soon. Grant is available after a failed physical voided his free-agent deal with Baltimore. He passed a physical in Indianapolis, NFL Network reported, but left the Colts without a contract. Grant is a surehanded target who averaged 12.7 yards per receptions and had just three drops in 63 targets. 

The Raiders will likely add another receiver if Grant doesn't come aboard. One of head coach Jon Gruden's preference could be found in the NFL draft if Grant goes elsewhere.

The Raiders also added receiver Griff Whalen, a Stanford alum who has some returning experience, before free agency began. 

Patterson proved a productive, explosive member of last year’s offense, primarily as a gadget player. Patterson finished the season with 31 catches for 309 yards, and had 13 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

He never became a steady, standard receiving option, and wasn’t able to shed his reputation as a relatively poor route runner. That likely made him expendable in  Gruden’s eye. He needs quality routes and steady hands from his wideouts.

That outweighs Patterson’s prowess returning kickoffs. The two-time All-Pro averages 30.2 yards per kickoff return over five seasons, with five return touchdowns to his credit.

The Patriots are well known for excellent special teams play, and needed a returner with Dion Lewis leaving for Tennessee in free agent. The Super Bowl runners up now have a dynamic returner and gunner to pair with solid coverage and return units.

This is a developing story. Check back for further details.

Raiders 2018 offseason scorecard


Raiders 2018 offseason scorecard


Veteran additions
WR Jordy Nelson (cut by Green Bay): 2 years/$15 million, $13 million guaranteed
CB Rashaan Melvin (UFA; Indianapolis): 1 year/$6.5 million
LB Tahir Whitehead (UFA; Detroit): 3 years/$18 million, $9 million guaranteed)
S Marcus Gilchrist (UFA; Houston): 1 year
RB Doug Martin (cut by Tampa Bay): 1 year
FB Keith Smith (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$4.2 million
TE Derek Carrier (UFA; L.A. Rams): 3 years/$7 million
DE Tank Carradine (UFA; San Francisco): 1 year
LB Kyle Wilbur (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$3.25 million
LS Andrew DePaola (UFA; Chicago): 4 years/$4.27 million
WR Griff Whalen (but by Baltimore)

Re-signed/extensions/contract tenders offered
DT Justin Ellis (UFA): 3 years/$15 million; $6 million guaranteed)
TE Lee Smith (UFA): 3 years
K Giorgio Tavecchio (ERFA): 1 year/$555,000
DE/LB Shilique Calhoun (ERFA): 1 year/$630,000
S Erik Harris (ERFA)
DE James Cowser (ERFA)
OL Denver Krikland (ERFA)

CB Sean Smith (released)
CB David Amerson (released; Kansas City)
RT Marshall Newhouse (released)
LB Aldon Smith (released)
WR Michael Crabtree (released; Baltimore)
DL Denico Autry (UFA; Indianapolis)
CB TJ Carrie (UFA; Cleveland)
WR Cordarrelle Patterson (traded, along with a sixth-round pick, to New England for fifth-round pick)  

S Reggie Nelson (UFA)
K Sebastian Janikowski (UFA)
LB NaVorro Bowman (UFA)
LS Jon Condo (UFA)
QB EJ Manuel (UFA)
S Keith McGill (UFA)

UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
ERFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power

NOTE: Contract figures obtained by, league sources, NFLPA sources or

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1. First round:
No. 10 overall
2. Second round:No. 41 overall
3. Third round: No. 75 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 110 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 185 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 192 overall
7. Sixth round: No. 210 overall*
8. Sixth round: No. 212 overall*
9. Sixth round: No. 216 overall*
10. Sixth round: No. 217 overall*
11. Seventh round: No. 228 overall
* compensatory pick