Raiders quarterback Derek Carr put on a helmet and cleats for Tuesday’s OTA session, but didn’t do much more. He was active during individual drills and participated in some rushing practice.
He only handed the ball off. Nothing more than that.
The second-year pro is still recovering from a right ring finger injury suffered this offseason, and wasn’t expected to participate in this OTA series. There is some hope that he’ll be active for a mandatory minicamp starting on June 9. Regardless, it’s expected that he’ll be throwing without restriction when the Raiders start training camp in July.
“Derek was able to take some snaps,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “We’ll bring him along. Things with him are progressing.”
Del Rio isn’t one to provide injury details during the offseason, but a league source insists that Carr’s injury is minor.
Backup Christian Ponder has taken the lion’s share of reps lately, with Matt McGloin and Cody Fajardo behind him.
Ponder has been impressive in his role, and is trying to use this time to get better acclimated to the Raiders offense.
Given that the Raiders expect Carr back soon, Del Rio believes the extra work will do Ponder some good.
Receiver Rod Streater, who hasn’t worked much with Carr after a foot injury kept him out most of the year, doesn’t believe his quarterback’s setback will have much of an impact in the grand scheme.
“We have plenty of time to him back and in a rhythm,” Streater said. “He’s a good enough player to do that. This won’t be a big thing.”
Carr isn’t the only player sidelined with injury. Here are some other injury notes:
-- Defensive tackle Dan Williams hasn’t participated in any offseason workouts open to the public due to injury. He has not been present on the sidelines in recent weeks, but Del Rio wasn’t too concerned with the absence.
-- Outside linebacker Sio Moore still hasn’t been cleared for contact while recovering from hip surgery. He is expected back by training camp.
-- Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton remains out, as he was last week.