Raiders prep for playoffs without injured QB Carr
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.