ALAMEDA – It looks more and more like Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is going to play in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Good news keeps coming from an ugly incident against the Cincinnati Bengals, where he bruised his throwing hand and thumb trying to stiff-arm a defender while run for a first down.
Initial X-rays at O.co Coliseim showed no broken bones, a result confirmed with a second-round later Sunday night. Carr had an MRI on Monday morning that showed no structural damage to the hand.
Swelling decreased considerably between Sunday and the following day, giving the Raiders great hope in his playing status. Carr’s healing has continued, and head coach Jack Del Rio seems confident in his quarterback’s health.
“He came to my office, gripped a football well in his hand and held it straight out,” Del Rio said Tuesday during his weekly radio show with SiriusXM NFL radio. “He said, ‘I can throw it if you want.’ He had just thrown some soft toss downstairs, so he was all excited because the tests came back really positive. There was nothing broken or anything in there and the swelling had come down.
“I think he’s going to be in good shape this week.”
The Raiders had a walk thru on Tuesday, but they start their practice week on Wednesday around noon.
Del Rio was not available to the local press on Tuesday at the team's Alameda training complex.
The Raiders haven’t signed a quarterback with just two on the roster, adding to the belief that Carr will be able to play. Christian Ponder, a backup who was part of the final roster cuts, was contacted Monday about a possible return. Ponder is in San Francisco and could return quickly should Carr suffer a setback or struggle throwing this week.
McGloin would start if Carr can’t go.