Carr's back injury not considered long term, will push to play vs Baltimore


Carr's back injury not considered long term, will push to play vs Baltimore

DENVER – Derek Carr surveyed his the pattern, and saw Raiders receivers covered well. The Pro Bowl quarterback tried to create space with his feet and tried to take off.

The Broncos didn’t let that happen. Shelby Harris knocked him off balance. Adam Gotsis finished him off, tackling him by the neck. It put tremendous strain on his back. And pulled him from the game.

The Raiders believe it won’t keep him out long, if at all.

Head coach Jack Del Rio said Carr had back spasms.

“It should be something that cleans up quickly,” Del Rio said.

Carr rebutted Del Rio’s diagnosis some after a 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field.

“I’m glad he knows,” Carr said. “That’s awesome. That sounds good to me.”

Carr remains optimistic he’ll get a green light next week against Baltimore. He had X-Rays during the game that turned up negative for structural damage. Carr tried to loosen his back, but didn’t feel comfortable enough to return.

“I just wanted some pain to wear off and just go from there,” Carr said. “I came in there and had them work on it. I tried to throw, but it just wasn’t ready. Yet. That’s not to say it won’t be. It just wasn’t ready today. I tried to do anything I could to be out there, but I just couldn’t do it.”

Carr would guarantee a return next week, but will push to play. He was clearly in pain after the game, but hoped the issue would subside quickly.

“(I don’t feel) too good, but neither does anyone in the NFL,” Carr said. “We’re going to do the treatment and all those kinds of things. Y’all know me. It’s going to take a lot to keep me off the field.”

That’s great news for the Raiders, who are completely reliant on their franchise quarterback for success. Fear struck when No. 4 went down, but news of his health brought the locker room some life after a disappointing loss.

“It felt like the whole sideline got its wind knocked out,” defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. said. “I talked to him after, and it was great to hear that he’s good. We’re not worried about it. We’re ready to go back to work.”

Instant Analysis: Raiders fall flat on their face, suffer ugly loss to Chiefs


Instant Analysis: Raiders fall flat on their face, suffer ugly loss to Chiefs


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – You’ll see several national stories about how the Kansas City Chiefs are back, fully recovered from a late-season slide.

Maybe they are. Maybe they aren’t. Tough to tell when the competition’s so poor.

The Raiders were awful in Sunday’s just-gotta-have-it game at Arrowhead Stadium, beaten handily in a 26-15 result justly deserved.

Now they’re down and virtually out of the AFC West, needing considerable help to get back in the race. That assumes, of course, that everything else goes right. That’s hard to fathom after the Raiders pulled a no-show against a division rival.

The offense in particular was terrible through three-plus quarters. A late-game surge padded some stats, but quarterback Derek Carr wasn’t good. He had a 36.3 passer rating after three periods, and couldn’t establish an offensive rhythm while Kansas City built an insurmountable lead.

The Raiders ran three plays or less on six of their first eight drives, while the Chiefs built a four-score cushion. They had 268 total yards, and barely had possession.

The defense valiantly fought an uphill battle, but eventually lost contain Raiders kryptonite Travis Kelce and Alex Smith.

All that in a game they simply had to win. They controlled their own fate heading into Sunday. Wins over Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers, when paired with a Dallas-Philly split, would’ve won the AFC West.

A brutal midseason slump pushed them outside playoff contention, but a prolonged Chiefs losing streak provided new life. Players felt blessed to have it, and seemed ready to close the season strong.

That didn’t happen. The Raiders fell flat on their face, a look unbecoming of a playoff contender. The Silver and Black aren’t anymore. Not after this one.

It somehow felt worse than the 52-0 thrashing three years ago in St. Louis, maybe because these Raiders had so much at stake.

Jack Del Rio said after firing Ken Norton three weeks ago that nobody should feel comfortable. That’s especially true following a result that should send tremors through all levels of this organization.

A late-game surge shouldn’t change that. The Raiders ended the shutout with roughly nine minutes left. They cut the lead to nine, but never moved with the urgency required to erase that deficit.

They return to Oakland disappointed, with a tough stretch ahead and wake opportunities in their wake.

Inactives: Raiders get a boost as Amari Cooper will play in big game vs Chiefs


Inactives: Raiders get a boost as Amari Cooper will play in big game vs Chiefs

After missing last Sunday's game due to a concussion and an ankle sprain, Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is back in the lineup.

Cooper cleared the concussion protocol on Wednesday and it appears his ankle has healed as the Raiders declared the third-year wideout active 90 minutes before Sunday's massive game in Kansas City.

Cooper re-joins the lineup along with Michael Crabtree, who is returning from a one-game suspension.

In the Raiders' 31-30 win over the Chiefs in Week 7, Cooper put up huge numbers, catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Cooper and Crabtree will look to exploit the Chiefs' secondary that will be without cornerback Marcus Peters, who was suspended for Sunday's game due to his actions last weekend in which he threw a referee's penalty plag into the stands and left the field despite not being ejected.

The Raiders announced these seven players will be inactive Sunday: CB David Amerson, QB Connor Cook, OL Jon Feliciano, LB Cory James, DE Jihad Ward, T Jylan Ware and WR Isaac Whitney.

The Chiefs listed these seven players as inactive: CB Eric Murray, CB Marcus Peters, C Mitch Morse, QB Tyler Bray, LB Ramik Wilson,  G Parker Ehinger, DT Justin Hamilton.