Raiders prep for play­offs with­out in­jured QB Carr

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The Oak­land Raiders will be count­ing on backup quar­ter­back Matt McGloin in their first NFL play­off run since 2002 as Derek Carr re­cov­ers from a bro­ken leg that re­quired surgery on Tues­day.

“Surgery couldn’t have gone bet­ter!” Carr tweeted on Tues­day af­ter­noon. “Re­ceived great news! Al­ready started the re­cov­ery process! Thank you for all of your prayers as I heal up!

The Raiders had al­ready se­cured a post-sea­son berth when Carr broke his right fibula af­ter he was sacked Satur­day in a win over the In­di­anapo­lis Colts.

The team has of­fered only sketchy up­dates of Carr’s con­di­tion. But the in­jury ex­pected to side­line Carr through­out the play­offs is a blow.

“We’ll rally around the next guy as best we can,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “That’s what you do. It will be in­cum­bent upon the of­fen­sive line and backs to do more, the spe­cial teams to do more.

“As a team, pick it up and do more to fill in. Ob­vi­ously, that’s a big set­back.”

How­ever, Del Rio told re­porters on Mon­day that he didn’t re­gret leav­ing Carr in the con­test against the Colts, even with his team hold­ing a com­mand­ing 33-14 lead.

“We felt we had to keep the pedal down on that op­po­nent and that quar­ter­back (An­drew Luck) in that game,” Del Rio said. “You’re talk­ing about a team fac­ing elim­i­na­tion. We knew they were go­ing to give ev­ery­thing they had to close the game any way they could.”

And even though they are play­off-bound, the Raiders have busi­ness to take care of as the reg­u­lar sea­son winds down.

They face the Den­ver Bron­cos on Sun­day and, with a win, have a chance to cap­ture the AFC West di­vi­sion ti­tle and a first-round bye. With a de­feat, they could fall as low as the fifth seed.

“I’m ready to go,” McGloin said of the chal­lenge of step­ping in for Carr. “I feel great. I know this team, th­ese guys around me, this staff and this or­ga­ni­za­tion will do a great job of help­ing me out, em­brac­ing me and mak­ing sure we keep mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.” McGloin, who com­pleted a 19yard pass to Amari Cooper to seal Satur­day’s win, ap­peared in seven games and started six times as a rookie for the Raiders in 2013, and has since served as Carr’s backup.

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