RAIDERS QB CARR SAYS PINKIE ISN’T A CAUSE FOR CON­CERN

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alameda, calif.» Derek Carr says he will have no lim­i­ta­tions this week be­cause of the in­jured pinkie on his throw­ing hand that forced him to miss a se­ries in Sun­day’s game against Carolina.

Carr de­flected all ques­tions about the fin­ger Wed­nes­day, say­ing re­peat­edly that it’s “do­ing great.”

Carr dis­lo­cated the fin­ger while tak­ing a snap on the se­cond play from scrim­mage in the se­cond half in the Raiders’ 35-32 win. He left for a se­ries be­fore re­turn­ing to play the rest of the game with a glove on his throw­ing hand. Carr took all snaps out of the shot­gun to pro­tect the fin­ger and led the Raiders to a come­back.

Carr was hold­ing a glove when he left the field fol­low­ing walk-through Wed­nes­day and kept his hand in the pocket of his sweat­shirt while talk­ing the me­dia.

B ren­ton, wash.» The Sea­hawks are hope­ful starters Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead will re­turn for Sun­day’s game against Carolina.

Both play­ers suf­fered ham­string in­juries two weeks ago in a win over Philadel­phia and missed last Sun­day’s loss to Tampa Bay.

Shead is con­sid­ered to be ahead of Thomas in the re­cov­ery process and coach Pete Car­roll said the sta­tus of both prob­a­bly won’t be de­ter­mined un­til Satur­day. Thomas missed the first game of his ca­reer when he was un­able to go against the Buc­ca­neers.

Seat­tle could have a num­ber of in­jured play­ers back against the Panthers, in­clud­ing de­fen­sive end Michael Ben­nett fol­low­ing mi­nor knee surgery and start­ing cen­ter Justin Britt, who missed last week’s game with an an­kle in­jury.

Seat­tle get­ting health­ier

B flow­ery branch, ga.» Fal­cons coach Dan Quinn said de­fen­sive end Adrian Clay­born, who is se­cond on the team with 4½ sacks, will miss at least two weeks after hav­ing surgery on his left knee. Clay­born suf­fered the in­jury in Sun­day’s 38-19 win over Ari­zona.

The loss of Clay­born came after cor­ner­back Desmond Tr­u­fant was placed on in­jured re­serve with a torn pec­toral mus­cle that forced him to miss the past two weeks.

At­lanta will be miss­ing key cogs Mathews says in­jury came from “cheap shot”

B green bay, wis.» Clay Matthews didn’t mince words about the play that got him in­jured against the Ea­gles. “It was a cheap shot,” Matthews said. Matthews sus­tained an in­jured left shoul­der on a crunch­ing first-quar­ter block from Philadel­phia line­man Allen Bar­bre on Mon­day night.

Matthews missed three plays and re­turned, then missed the next se­ries while re­ceiv­ing a pain-killing in­jec­tion. He re­turned for the Ea­gles’ third se­ries and played most of the rest of the game. Matthews recorded a fourth-quar­ter sack, his first since the fourth game of the sea­son.

The in­jury is the lat­est to limit Matthews, who has missed four games this sea­son with a ham­string in­jury.

Quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers in­jured his left ham­string dur­ing the third quar­ter, but both he and Matthews are ex­pected to play Sun­day against Hous­ton. The team didn’t prac­tice Wed­nes­day.

Foot­note.

Dol­phins re­serve de­fen­sive tackle Leon Orr was cut dur­ing prac­tice when the team learned of his ar­rest on mar­i­juana charges near Naples, Florida. Orr was charged Tues­day af­ter­noon with mis­de­meanor mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion and felony pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance. He was re­leased on $7,000 bail.

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