ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had surgery on Tuesday to repair a broken fibula. He got hurt in a Saturday victory over Indianapolis, and has been a national conversation topic as many lamented the loss of an MVP candidate so close to the playoffs.
Carr tweeted that the surgery was a success, but that didn’t dampen interest in Carr’s ankle. Paparazzi got a shot of Carr’s post-op leg bandaged up while eating with owner Mark Davis, and was picked up on TMZ. Carr wasn’t a fan of that, but it showed the level of interest in Carr’s injury.
David Carr, Derek’s older brother and current NFL Network analyst, gave a detailed update in an article written for the Fresno Bee.
David Carr wrote that there is no ligament damage surrounding the broken bone. That’s a good thing for Carr’s recovery, considering ligament damage can significantly extend the recovery timetable.
He did not mention a possible return this postseason – some have suggested the extreme longshot possibility of his returning should the Raiders make the Super Bowl – and said he would be ready to play this spring in OTAs.
Here is David Carr’s update on Derek Carr’s surgery.
“The surgery on Tuesday went great. We were sitting there and the doctor came in and he was super happy with what he saw. He said that it even started healing itself compared with the X-rays that the Raiders gave him. The nice thing is, there was no ligament damage. It’s not going to be like a four- to five-month thing. It’s going to be much shorter and he’s going to be able to go full-go in the spring.”
Carr’s initial recovery timetable stands a 6-8 weeks.