“His back spasmed up,” Del Rio said, per Michael Gehlken. “That’s what it was. I’m not a doctor.”
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Raiders QB Derek Carr was taken to the locker room with a back injury after being evaluated in the medical tent on the sideline during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Broncos.
EJ Manuel has replaced Carr as the Raiders’ starting quarterback for the time being.
Carr was hit in the back while being sacked and it appeared as though he was kneed by Broncos DE Shelby Harris.
According to David Chao, Carr may have sustained a similar back injury to the ones Tony Romo dealt with in the final years of his NFL career. Chao adds that the Raiders are likely getting X-rays taken on Carr’s back to rule out a possible transverse process fracture.
The Raiders announced that Carr is questionable to return to the game.
Carr, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Raiders back in 2014. He is was in the final year of his contract when the Raiders signed him to a five-year, $125 million extension that included $70 million guaranteed.
Carr will make base salaries of $5 million and $7.4 million over the next two years of the agreement but his contract includes a $15 million roster bonus to be paid out in 2018.
Entering today’s game, Carr had appeared in three games and thrown for 610 yards while completing 70.3 percent of his passes to go along with six touchdowns and two interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 25 quarterback out of 32 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Carr as the news is available.