Derek Carr Broken Back Derails Oakland

Derek Carr Broken Back Derails Oakland

If you were curious how Derek Carr would follow up his breakout 2016-2017 NFL campaign, you’re going to have to put your assessment on hold. Four games into the new season, the Raiders are faced with among the worst of worst-case scenarios: a Derek Carr broken back.

Carr suffered the broken back – a transverse process fracture – in last week’s 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. However, the timeframe for his recovery is optimistic, as he’s only estimated to miss two to six weeks of action. If all goes according to plan, Carr would return no later than Week 10, which leaves plenty of season to get back into playoff contention (should they fall out of it by then). Still, even if he only misses the minimum, Oakland is going to miss Carr. After all, it’s pretty difficult to replace a player who’s ranked sixth in the NFL at his position, especially when that position is quarterback.

All that said, USA online sportsbooks thinks the Raiders may have dodged a bullet with the whole Derek Carr broken back situation: they’re playing the Baltimore Ravens. And like Baltimore in general, the Ravens are terrible. Just terrible. Even with Carr and his jacked up spine, the Raiders are 2.5-point favorites against Flacco Inc. and could easily grab most of the 39-point over/under for themselves. EJ Manuel will likely get the start in Carr’s place, having filled in for him last week to the tune of 11/17 and 106 yards against a top-ranked Denver defense. If he can replicate that efficiency (minus the interception) against a considerably worse Ravens squad, he might put together a career game.