Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr was pulled from Saturday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions after a big hit, and the team now confirms that the rookie sustained a concussion.
Carr told a team doctor he “heard a crunch” while being crushed by Lions DE Larry Webster during a play in the fourth quarter. Carr also complained of rib soreness after the hit according to Raiders coach Dennis Allen (via Fresno Bee):
“He’s got sore ribs,” Allen said. “I don’t know exactly what his ribs are but the concussion was why he was out of the game.”
The rookie QB was playing well at the time of his injury, having completed 9-of-16 passes for 109 yards and a TD in roughly two quarters of game action. Carr’s competitor for the backup QB spot, Matt McGloin, came on in relief after Carr was forced to exit.
McGloin talked about the situation after the game:
“It’s tough standing over there for hours,” he said. “Unfortunately Derek got hurt. That’s a tough situation for any quarterback, coming in in that situation. But it felt good to get in and get some work in.”
Carr will now have to pass the NFL’s strict concussion protocols in order to play in the Raiders’ next preseason game, next weekend against the Packers in Lambeau Field.
Though this may look like a setback for Carr, I truthfully don’t think he’s in any danger of losing ground in the #2 QB race in Oakland. He will be the backup for Matt Schaub and the starter when the coaching staff believes he’s ready.