Derek Carr made a quick recovery from a concussion suffered in the Oakland Raiders second preseason game, but according to NFL Media Insider Steve Wyche, the club’s second round pick is still nursing bruised ribs and will not play in the team’s preseason tilt against the Green Bay Packers on Friday night.
Raiders Coach D. Allen told me rookie QB Derek Carr won’t play Fri. Vs Packers. Carr cleared concussion protocol but still has sore ribs
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 21, 2014
The injury to the ribs likely ends any chance that Carr had of supplanting veteran Matt Schaub as the team’s starting quarterback for the regular season opener against the New York Jets.
Schaub was the likely starter to begin the regular season prior to the injury anyway, despite a less-than-glowing preseason on the heels of losing his starting job with the Houston Texans last year.
The rip injury does not appear to be anything too severe and if it was a regular season game, Carr likely would be active, but it is the wise move to be cautious and ensure that Carr is 100 percent for the beginning of the regular season.
If Schaub plays like he did last year in Houston when he made a habit of throwing interceptions that were ran back for touchdowns, it won’t be long before Carr is under center for the Raiders.
Carr certainly has the arm talent to be the team’s long-term starter at the position, but starting out in a reserve role should serve him well as he adjusts to the NFL speed.