Derek Carr Injury Updates

Raiders QB Derek Carr (groin) isn't listed on the final Week 16 injury report after putting in full practices on Wednesday and Thursday. He's set to start Saturday night's game vs. the Dolphins. Between the injury and the matchup, he's just a low-end QB2.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (groin) put in a limited practice on Tuesday and split 1st-team reps with QB Marcus Mariota, HC Jon Gruden said. "We'll see how it goes this week," Gruden added. Carr was expected to be sidelined about 2 weeks with his groin injury, but it looks like Vegas is holding out hope that he'll be able to play vs. Miami on Saturday night. Stay tuned.

Raiders QB Derek Carr is expected to be out 10-14 days with the groin injury he suffered early in Thursday night's loss to the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Carr figures to miss Week 16 and should be considered iffy for Week 17. QB Marcus Mariota was impressive in relief on Thursday, throwing for 226 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT -- and running for 88 yards and another score. Vegas gets a tough Dolphins defense next week, though, which figures to keep Mariota out of QB1 territory in our rankings.

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Raiders QB Derek Carr suffered a groin injury in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's game vs. the Chargers and is officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update. QB Marcus Mariota has replaced Carr.

Update: Carr won't return to this game.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Raiders WR Henry Ruggs is "a long shot" to play Sunday against the Bills. He's dealing with the hamstring injury that knocked him out of Week 3. That would leave Vegas without both rookie wideouts, as Bryan Edwards is also expected to sit. Those injuries certainly boost the upside for the Bills' defense in fantasy, while lowering the ceiling for Raiders QB Derek Carr. WR Hunter Renfrow should be in for nice target volume in a matchup that has proved favorable to slot WRs.

The Raiders added South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He joins Henry Ruggs in Oakland’s remade WR corps. Edwards’ college production profile is as impressive as any WR in this class. He posted a 44-590-4 line as a 17-year-old true freshman and then led the Gamecocks with 64 catches, 793 yards and 5 scores as a sophomore. Edwards set new career highs with 846 yards and 7 TDs in 2018. And he turned in a 71-816-6 line this past year, despite missing 2 games. He led the SEC with 7.1 catches per game and ranked 4th with 81.6 receiving yards per game. Edwards is a 6’3, 212-pounder who plays to that size. He’s a tackle-breaker after the catch and is comfortable in contested situations. The big concern is Edwards’ injury history. He tore the meniscus in his right knee as a high school senior, strained a hamstring in 2016, hurt his left knee in 2019 and fractured his left foot while training for the Combine in February. Edwards figures to compete with Tyrell Williams for snaps in 2020.

The Raiders selected Alabama WR Henry Ruggs with the 12th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Ahead of CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy. Wow. Ruggs has field-tilting speed. He averaged 17.5 yards per catch over 3 college seasons and blazed a 4.27-second 40 time at the Combine. The 5’11, 188-pounder also crushed the vertical and broad jumps to earn a 99th percentile SPARQ score. Ruggs’ college production is lacking, though. He never topped 46 catches or 746 receiving yards in a season, despite catching passes from QB Tua Tagovailoa for much of that time. Ruggs feasted on weaker competition, averaging 100 yards and 1.2 TDs per game vs. Non-Power 5 schools over the last 2 seasons but just 47 yards and .6 TDs vs. Power 5 opponents. And, despite that elite speed, he made just 4 receptions 20+ yards downfield in 2019. Ruggs also dealt with a rib injury, a lower-body injury and a 3rd undisclosed injury this past season. “He was really a specialist in their offense where they designed certain plays for him,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He is fast, but when people get on him you don’t see the same speed and route running. When he gets the ball, if he has a clear path, he can go. But he’s not a make-you-miss player.” It’ll be a disappointment if Ruggs doesn’t immediately carve out a significant role as a rookie, although we don’t like this fit with the conservative Derek Carr.

Raiders QB Derek Carr was replaced by QB Mike Glennon late in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Jets. There's been no injury announced for Carr, so this looks like HC Jon Gruden just getting his starting QB out of a 34-3 game. We'll update Carr's status if we hear otherwise.

Raiders QB Derek Carr is practicing in full and isn't listed on the Week 8 injury report. He injured his left arm prior to the bye week but is ready for Sunday's game against the Colts. Carr hasn't been great this season and is now without WR Amari Cooper. But he's a low-end spot-start option in this weekend's plus matchup.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (back) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. The back injury still adds a bit of risk to his outlook, but Carr is on the low-end QB1 radar in what could be a shootout against the Chargers.

Raiders QB Derek Carr left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game with an injury. It appeared to be to his back or neck, but we haven't received an update from the team yet. Stay tuned. QB E.J. Manuel is Oakland's backup.

Update: Carr is questionable to return with a back injury.

Raiders QB Derek Carr isn't worried about the pinkie injury he suffered on his throwing hand in Sunday's win over the Panthers. The team hasn't revealed the exact extent of the injury, but it appeared to be a dislocation. Carr only missed 1 series, though, and looked fine when he returned. "It's a little sore, but that's expected," he said Monday. "But should be good. Just get some swelling down & we'll be alright."

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 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.

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.

Raiders QB Derek Carr is on the practice field on Monday.  He's wearing some extra chest padding, but neither the rib injury nor concussion he suffered over the weekend is a major concern.  Carr has outplayed QB Matt Schaub this preseason, completing 19 of 32 passes (59.4%) for 183 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  The veteran still figures to get the Week 1 nod, but we'll see the rookie at some point this season.  Neither guy is worth rostering in redraft fantasy leagues.

Raiders QB Derek Carr suffered a concussion and rib injury in the 4th quarter of Friday night's preseason game, according to the Contra Costa Times.  HC Dennis Allen said the concussion was what forced Carr out of the game, while the team had no immediate word on the severity of either injury.  Allen also said he was pleased with Carr's performance before the injuries: "He was better this game. He made some improvement. ... Overall, he took a step forward."  The 2nd-round rookie would likely have trouble battling Matt Schaub for the job if either issue causes him to miss time.  Neither QB will be attractive in fantasy, though, and there probably won't be a significant split between them in terms of how they impact the fantasy outlooks of the Oakland WRs.

 
 
 

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