ALAMEDA — When Matt Schaub was acquired this offseason, head coach Dennis Allen immediately named him the starting quarterback.
Like Allen, Schaub lost his job, but unlike the coach who was fired on Monday, the quarterback could still have a chance to prove himself.
After missing the team’s trip to London for a family emergency, Schaub was back with his teammates at the Raiders practice facility on Wednesday. And he’s likely to get the call against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 12 if rookie Derek Carr — who suffered a high left ankle sprain and sprained left MCL in the team’s Week 4 loss to the Dolphins — is unable to go.
There’s no guarantee that’ll happen.
“We’re taking it day at a time,” Carr said Wednesday. “But knowing myself, I’ll be ready — that’s my answer, that’s my goal. I’ve just got to continue to work hard to get ready.”
Carr indicated the injury did not affect his right leg at all. He wore no brace on his left leg, nor did he appear to walk with a limp as he met reporters in the locker room, offering encouraging words on the injury that cut short his third NFL start.
“It’s going great,” Carr said. “Prayers are answered, for sure. It’s doing a lot better, and now I’m just excited to have some time with the family. I’ll still be watching film and getting ready, but it’ll be good time for them to have.”
Carr, 23, is 84-for-133 (63.2 completion percentage) for 734 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions through his first four games — all losses under Dennis Allen. His fifth game — if he’s ready to return after the bye week on Oct. 12 — will come against the Chargers in Oakland under interim head coach Tony Sparano.
Schaub, 33, is yet to see the field in Oakland after going 2-6 in eight tough 2013 starts with the Houston Texans.