LONDON – Derek Carr struggled to walk on a bum leg, but he didn’t want to come off the field. The Raiders were in a no huddle, and an injury timeout would surely kill offensive rhythm.
He carried on with a limp, but the pain increased to a point where he couldn’t stand. Even then he pleaded with coaches to stay in Sunday’s game against Miami, but logic won out and he headed for the sideline.
“I’m not going to come off the field if I can help it,” Carr said after a 38-14 loss to the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium. “It got to the point where I could barely stand on it. I guess the adrenaline wore off. I tried to stay in, but it was too much to deal with.”
What the Raiders discovered was moderately good news. Carr suffered a high ankle sprain and a sprained MCL in his knee, injuries that will take time to heal but aren’t season-ending as currently diagnosed.
X-rays on the ankle were negative. Even still, Carr will likely miss some time.
“I’m going to (try to) be ready, but right now they’re just sprains,” Carr said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to get back on the field quickly.”
Carr was injured while trying to scramble for extra yards late in the third quarter. He stayed in one more play, but was removed after that.
Carr was a bit off in this game, and struggled to get things going beyond an opening-drive touchdown pass to tight end Brian Leonhardt.
Carr was 16-for-25 passing for 146 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a game that unraveled early.
“We were feeling great and we were assignment sound on that first drive,” Carr said. “After that, the things we did in practice all week didn’t show up in the game. It’s certainly frustrating when that happens.”
Matt McGloin stepped in for Carr – Matt Schaub was in the United States tending to a family matter – and was 12-for-19 for 129 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.