Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr to miss 2-6 weeks with spinal fracture

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By Joe Hawkes-Beamon
Sports Radio Service Writer

OAKLAND — Raiders starting quarterback suffered a traverse process fracture after taking a knee to his lower back late in the third quarter in Oakland’s 16-10 road loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday, and is expected to miss 2-6 weeks.

News of Carr’s injury was first reported via the Bay Area News Group.

According to additional reports, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio found out about Carr’s injury about 10 minutes before he met the media Monday morning. Del Rio noted that Carr had an X-ray and an MRI during the morning, but initial tests didn’t reveal anything.

But a CAT scan was performed and revealed the fracture.

Backup quarterback EJ Manuel will take over Carr’s starting duties for the 2-2 Raiders, according to Del Rio. Manuel stepped in for Carr and played well, completing 7-of-11 passes for 106 yards, but through an interception late in the fourth quarter that iced the game for Denver.

Manuel will start for the Raiders Sunday against the visiting Baltimore Ravens (2-2). Oakland begins a stretch of three-straight home games after starting the season having played three of their first four games on the road.

Before leaving the game, Carr completed 10-of-18 passes for 143 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Holton in the second quarter.

For the season, Carr has completed 74-of-109 passes for 753 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions with a 101.2 passer rating through four games.

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