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Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) is probable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens after putting in a full week of practice. It doesn’t look like the thumb will be an issue, but the matchup certainly is. Carr shouldn’t be in any Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) put in a full practice on Wednesday.  He's obviously on track to play Week 2, although he might be better off sitting in a brutal matchup against the Ravens.  Carr isn't a fantasy option, although his availability makes WR Amari Cooper a slightly better Week 2 play.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Raiders got "positive MRI news" on QB Derek Carr's thumb.  It sounds like he's dealing with a bruise and that the amount of swelling will determine whether he can play this weekend.  Carr won't be a fantasy option if he plays against the Ravens, but his availability would be relatively good news for WR Amari Cooper.

Raiders QB Derek Carr is expected to miss Week 2 with the hand injury he suffered in the opener, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  Carr is undergoing an MRI today, which will tell us exactly how long he'll be sidelined.  The injury leaves Oakland with QB Matt McGloin atop the depth chart.  He completed 74.2% of his passes with 2 TDs and 1 INT yesterday, but most of that came in garbage time.  In his only significant NFL action back in 2013, McGloin posted a 55.9% completion rate with 8 TDs and 8 INTs.

Raiders QB Derek Carr injured his throwing hand in the 1st half of Sunday's opener against the Bengals.  He headed back to the locker room, presumably for x-rays.  We'll pass along an update when we get one.  QB Matt McGloin is in for Oakland.

10:09am EDT 7/21/15

In a poll of 35 NFL coaches and executives, Oakland's Derek Carr ranked highest among last year's QB class.  He finished 20th among all QBs -- 3 spots ahead of Teddy Bridgewater and 7 ahead of Blake Bortles.  Carr averaged a league-low 5.5 yards per pass attempt last year but chucked 21 TDs vs. just 12 INTs.  Those highest on Carr believe he'll excel with a better supporting cast.  "I think he is strong in the pocket, and just watching him, it feels like he is in command, knows where he is going with the ball and has plenty of arm strength," a personnel director said. "The lack of talent around him is pretty apparent. You get the offensive line and run game going, surround him with some better players and he makes a big jump."  Carr got some help this offseason with the additions of Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Roy Helu and Clive Walford.  But this is still an underwhelming group of pass-catchers.  We're not expecting Carr to ascend beyond mid-range QB2 territory this year.

Raiders QB Derek Carr didn't hold back any praise when discussing rookie WR Amari Cooper in a Tuesday radio appearance.  “He is ridiculous in and out of his breaks,” Carr said. “His style of play is perfect for this league. He’s good at getting on toes and creating separation. He’s good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It’s just little things that honestly people don’t even notice.”  Cooper is widely considered 1 of the most NFL-ready WRs to enter the league in a while.  He should slot right in as Oakland's #1 WR and produce as a fantasy starter this season.  Cooper will cost ya, though -- his 12-team PPR ADP is sitting in the early 5th round.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has been cleared to participate in minicamp, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  "He may not throw at 100%, but he'll be 100% for training camp," Rapoport adds.  We'll continue to keep an eye on the 2nd-year QB, but it doesn't look like that finger will be an issue.  Carr is only worth drafting in best-ball and 2-QB leagues, but his play will be a big factor in WR Amari Cooper's rookie campaign.

The agent for Raiders QB Derek Carr told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that Carr's finger issue is a "nonstory." “It’s a very minor situation,” Tim Younger said, adding that his client will "probably" be throwing before the end of OTAs. Younger also said that Carr won't need any hand surgery. Getting Carr back onto the field soon would certainly help to allay any fears about slowing the development of a young offense. That said, fantasy owners shouldn't sweat this situation too much anyway. WR Amari Cooper looks like the only moderately attractive fantasy option in Oakland's 2015 passing game.

Raiders QB Derek Carr has been experiencing numbness in his right ring finger, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  The team is hoping that Carr can avoid surgery and address the issue with rest and rehab.  "Nobody sounds overly alarmed for now," Mort adds.  CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora also hears that the issue is "very, very minor."  Carr will still be worth closely monitoring, though, because the injury is to his throwing hand.  He also figures to miss some offseason practices, which isn't ideal considering the Raiders are installing a new offense and have 2 new starting WRs.

Raiders new OC Bill Musgrave is installing a no-huddle offense for the 2015 campaign.  That's not a surprise considering Musgrave spent last year as QB coach in Philadelphia under Chip Kelly.  It's also worth noting that Raiders QB Derek Carr ran almost exclusively no-huddle in his final 2 years at Fresno State.  "I love it. I’m very comfortable in it," Carr said. "They are building this offense around me, and I’m really excited about it. I lit up when they told me.  We want to play fast.  We want to put pressure on the defense. We want to go 100 miles per hour and cause confusion for the defense."  Carr had an encouraging rookie season, and the no-huddle raises his fantasy ceiling.  The biggest issue for him is Oakland's subpar group of pass-catchers.

The Raiders have named Bill Musgrave their new OC.  Musgrave has run the offense for 4 different NFL teams in the past, most recently the Vikings from 2011-2013.  Those squads ranked 18th, 20th and 13th in total yards.  The passing games struggled, but Musgrave was working with Christian Ponder, Donovan McNabb and Matt Cassel.  He has more talent in Oakland in QB Derek Carr.  RB Adrian Peterson averaged 19.9 carries and 103 yards per game (5.2) yards per carry under Musgrave.  That included his 2,097-yard 2012 campaign.  Musgrave's arrival looks like a boon for RB Latavius Murray's stock.  Musgrave spent this past season as QB coach in Philadelphia, so we're interested to see if he picked anything up from Chip Kelly's offense.

1:46pm EDT 10/12/14

As expected, Raiders QB Derek Carr (knee, ankle) is active for today's game against the Chargers.  The rookie isn't a recommended fantasy play in any leagues.

Raiders interim HC Tony Sparano confirmed on Friday that QB Derek Carr (knee, ankle) will start Sunday's game against the Chargers.  The rookie is averaging just 184 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT per game through 4 outings.  He's not a fantasy option.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (knee, ankle) was on the field for Monday's post-bye week practice.  "Seems fine," beat writer Vic Tafur tweeted.  Carr suffered a high-ankle sprain and MCL sprain back in Week 4 but seems to be on track to play against the Chargers this weekend. The rookie won't be a fantasy option in that one.

The Associated Press' Tony Collins hears that Raiders HC Dennis Allen will be fired this week.  An announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.  Oakland is off to an 0-4 start and has been out-scored 103 to 51.  Allen's career record with the Raiders sits at 8-28.  We'll see who takes over as the interim HC, but the shakeup certainly can't hurt the Raiders' offense.  Derek Carr should remain the starting QB when healthy.

Update: Collins has deleted the tweet reporting Allen's firing.

CSN Bay Area reports that Carr suffered a high ankle sprain and an MCL sprain. Oakland has a well-timed bye in Week 5, but both of Carr's injuries often cost players multiple weeks. We'll see what the timetable is here. Matt Schaub missed the trip to London to be with his wife after an emergency C-section. Assuming he's back for Week 6, he'd likely start over Matt McGloin, who threw 2 INTs in relief of Carr on Sunday.

Raiders QB Derek Carr exited Sunday's game with a leg injury.  The rookie completed 16 of 26 passes for 146 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT before going down.  QB Matt McGloin has replaced Carr.  We'll look for an update on his status after the game.

The Raiders have announced QB Derek Carr as their Week 1 starter over Matt Schaub, according to Jay Glazer.  It's no shock after Carr put in a stellar preseason finale and Schaub spent August struggling with his arm strength.  Carr looks interesting as a long-term fantasy prospect, but we wouldn't want to trust him this season, even in a 2-QB format.  The Oakland pass-catching corps doesn't offer a ton of support/upside.

Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur believes there's a "100% chance" QB Derek Carr starts the season opener.  It's unclear if Tafur has inside information from the team or if this is just an educated guess.  Carr has clearly been the Raiders' best QB this preseason, whether you're looking at the numbers or the tape.  If he's not under center for Week 1, he should be by October.  Neither Raiders QB is worth rostering right now in standard fantasy leagues.  If you're looking for one in a 2-QB league, Carr is your guy.

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