Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is still injured and not yet ready to get back on the playing field. That being said he’s not missing the team’s workouts.
ESPN reported that Carr “went through stretch and threw the ball at the start of practice.”
Carr left Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos in the third quarter with what was at the time called a back issue.
After the game it was announced that Carr had suffered a transverse process fracture and was replaced in the lineup with backup EJ Manuel. Manuel is expected to be the starter for this weekend’s tilt against the Ravens and will have 2016 draftee Connor Cook sitting on the bench at third string.
The fact that Carr was at practice has to be encouraging for the team and players though. While his type of injury can sometimes leave a quarterback out of action for more than a month, Carr has already worked to gain a reputation as a fast healer — or at least a quarterback with a pretty high tolerance for injuries. Not afraid of a little pain, Carr also played with a broken finger late last season before breaking his leg and being ruled out.
His backup, Manuel looked pretty confident last week against Denver and certainly wasn’t afraid to throw the ball against the Broncos’ high-profile secondary, but the Raiders are team that needs Carr in order to keep their fans happy and fulfill a season of high expectations.