Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr returned to the team quickly in Week 6 after being out two weeks due to injury.
When Derek Carr went down in Week 4 all of Raider Nation held their collective breath. The young QB recently solidified himself as Oakland’s franchise quarterback after continually progressing since his rookie year and having an MVP-candidate season in 2016.
Unfortunately for Carr and the Raiders, the QB went down in the team’s final game of the 2016 regular season with a broken leg just before the start of the playoffs.
This season was supposed to be a fresh start for the rising Raiders who had high hopes for the year. Instead, they got off to a slow start of 2-2 before Carr was lost again to a devastating injury–this time a fracture in his back.
Carr was expected to be out 2-6 weeks but surprisingly was given a full bill of health and cleared to play after the minimum amount of recovery time.
Although Oakland got Carr back, the QB looked like a shell of himself.
Prior to his back injury, Carr and the Raiders weren’t clicking on offense as well as last year up until this point. However, he looked even worse Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers throwing for just 171 yards with two interceptions in a loss.
Oakland has now lost four straight falling to 2-4, and they must swallow the pill of losing the gamble to bring Carr back so soon.
The Raiders are last in the AFC West and have a tough task facing the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.