OAKLAND –- Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio delivered some good news about Derek Carr after Sunday’s 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
X-rays on the quarterback’s injured right hand were negative. His hand/finger wasn’t broken while trying to stiff-arm his way to a first down in the second quarter, an ill-fated attempt that didn’t move the chains and sidelined the second-year pro for the remainder of the game.
While that’s a positive development for player and team, Carr isn’t out of the woods yet. He’ll have an MRI to further examine the damage to his throwing hand.
As of early Sunday evening, the extent of Carr’s injury is not yet known.
“I really don’t have a lot of information,” Del Rio said.
Carr left the locker room without speaking with the press, through he had a bandage and splint on his hand and at least one finger.
It’s uncertain at this time whether Carr will miss an extended period. Any time without him is troubling. Matt McGloin was 23-for-31 for 142 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Carr’s stead. He was also sacked two times and lost a fumble.
The Raiders only have two quarterbacks on the roster, and Del Rio said the Raiders would look to add a quarterback if he’s out for a length of time.
“There’s no reason to speculate on all of that,” Del Rio said. “Obviously, if there’s any length of time (missed for Carr), yes we would.”
Missing Carr would hurt. Though he didn’t get off to a great start – Carr was 7-for-12 passing for 61 yards before getting hurt – he has prepared as the unquestioned starter all offseason.
“It’s a huge blow,” Cooper said. “He’s the starting quarterback and the leader of our offense. We need him. We’ll see how it plays out.”