Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suffered a lower back injury on a sack late in the third quarter of the Raiders’ 16-10 loss at the Denver Broncos on Sunday and did not return to the game. Carr was just 10-for-18 for 143 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Holton that briefly energized them. EJ Manuel replaced Carr under center. The pocket collapsed around the signal caller and Shelby Harris got in the first lick. Carr spun out of it, and Derek Wolfe dragged him down by the neck.
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Carr stayed on the turf for an extended stretch and was examined for an extended stretch. He headed to the locker room a few moments later. The Raiders announced the injury is to his back and his return to the game against the Broncos is questionable. Carr undoubtedly also has a contusion from the knee he took in the back. But the good news is there appears to be no transverse process fracture, which would have kept Carr out at least one game. The X-rays he had were reportedly negative. A scheduled MRI is likely precautionary.
He still may miss time, but there is a good chance he can play this coming Sunday against the Ravens. He could well miss a practice or two, but that is not guaranteed. When spasms come so quickly, they usually leave quickly too. The worry is overnight swelling from the contusion.