Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has missed most of the offseason program with an injury to his throwing arm that stems from numbness in his ring finger. He was always expected to be 100 percent by training camp, but he’s progressing well enough to start practicing soon.
A league source confirmed that Carr has been cleared to participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp, which runs Tuesday-Thursday at Raiders team headquarters.
Carr will throw and run the offense, but he’ll remain limited in practice. He hasn’t been throwing much over the past month and the Raiders want to ease him back into action.
Sources have always indicated that Carr’s injury was minor, and that it would not impact his progress learning the Raiders new offense.
Returning in time for minicamp, even in a limited role, shows that Carr is progressing well. He’ll have a chance to work with new receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree for a more extended stretch and build chemistry with players expected to be in the starting lineup.
The Raiders haven’t discussed details of Carr’s injury, but were not concerned by his absence.
Carr’s injury was first reported on May 19. He’s been extremely limited in recent OTA sessions, but made a few short throws last week in a session that was open to the press.