ALAMEDA – Derek Carr was playing hurt when he got hurt. The Raiders quarterback revealed on Tuesday that he fractured his right pinky in Week 13 against Carolina. He initially said it was a mere dislocation, but conceded there was more to it than that.
“There was a little fracture in it. There was,” Carr said during his weekly radio show on 95.7-FM. “There was a whole bunch going on with that thing, but I can bend it now. …So that’s good.”
Carr was able to play with a busted pinky. He can’t play with a broken fibula. That’s the bone he broke in Week 16 against Indianapolis, one that required surgery and tempered the Raiders’ championship hopes.
Carr recounted that rough day in Raiderville, which took their franchise quarterback out for the season. He has watched the fateful play time and again, where Colts linebacker Trent Cole whipped him around during a sack and snapped a bone near Carr’s ankle. The Fresno State product wishes he could’ve done things different. He also knows he probably wouldn’t have.
“In hindsight, as soon as he grabbed me I would’ve went down,” Carr told 95.7’s Greg Papa and Bonta Hill said. “Nothing bad happened until I tried to fight for more, but that’s who I am. That’s in me. Those types of things are going to happen. It’s as violent a sport there is out there.
“I don’t want to say I would’ve done something different, but I obviously wish I did. Being in a boot and on crutches isn’t too fun. But I’m never going to stop fighting. That’s who I am, and that’s what got me here.”
Carr was wearing a microphone during that incident, and knew it was broken right away.
“It’s a scary feeling,” Carr said. “I’ve rolled ankles and torn ligaments, but to have something break was an eerie feeling. Everything got silent, even with the buzz in a stadium. I couldn’t hear a thing. All I could focus on was, ‘this isn’t right.’”
Further tests confirmed the break, which ended his season. He had surgery the following Tuesday and has been recovering ever since. He has made private appearances at the Raiders facility, and said he texted back and forth with Matt McGloin before his start against Denver.
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave gave Carr a copy of the game plan to keep him involved, but watching a 24-6 loss to the Broncos was difficult.
“It ripped my heart out,” Carr said. “I sat there on my couch with my foot propped up, my wife sitting by me and my boys playing with monster trucks on the ground. We watched it together. It was hard for me. I had the game plan in front of me. Coach Musgrave gave me one, so I knew which plays were coming. I could see what we were going through, so I was just playing the game in my head. … It was hard because there was nothing physically I could do. I couldn’t be there for my guys. That was the toughest part, not being there with my teammates.”