Week 4 Game on Sunday versus the Denver Broncos didn’t turn out so good for Oakland Raiders. Not only they’ve lost the game 16-10, but their star quarterback Derek Carr got injured. Carr was sacked in the third quarter by Broncos defensive lineman Adam Gotsis and grabbed his left lower back while staying on the ground. Carr left the game and didn’t return. It was later revealed that Carr suffered transverse process fracture in his back. Initially, it was believed that Carr suffered from back spasms and that the injury isn’t long term. The tests on Monday, however, revealed the true nature of his injury. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said the injury could keep Carr off the field for 2 weeks, but the recovery may last longer and that Carr could be out for 6 weeks in the worst case scenario.
“He said he’s sorry,” Del Rio said about Derek Carr. “Great kid. He’ll bounce back. I told him that the team will take care of business while he’s healing and just get healed up and when he can come back, he’ll come back.“
“Pain,” Carr said on Sunday, describing the moment when he was sacked. “My back didn’t feel too good.”
With Carr out, Raiders will now probably turn to EJ Manuel to fill Carr’s place. After being drafted in the first round of 2013 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, he started 10 games in his rookie season. After not performing according to the expectations, Manual saw less playing time in the each of the following three seasons, with the Bills eventually letting him go after his contract expired following the end of 2016 season. In March 2017 Manuel signed with the Raiders as Carr’s backup. After Carr left the game against the Broncos, Manuel stepped in to finish the game and had 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards.