Rookie quarterback Derek Carr has grabbed headlines during the preseason as the expected future starter for the Oakland Raiders had shown flashes of promise during his first two preseason appearances, until a missed blocking assignment by Jack Cornell led to a blindside sack of the rookie in the fourth quarter of last Friday’s game against the Lions to end his night.
As it turns out, the hit will keep him out with sore ribs for this weekend’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Costing the rookie reps in addition to all but settling the competition between Carr and veteran Matt Schaub (even if the team was likely going to start Schaub Week One regardless of injury).
#Raiders‘ Derek Carr will not be playing vs Green Bay tomorrow. He’s cleared concussion protocols but still has rib pain. Good choice.
— Asher Mathews (@AsherMathews) August 21, 2014
Raiders Coach D. Allen told me rookie QB Derek Carr won’t play Fri. Vs Packers. Carr cleared concussion protocol but still has sore ribs
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 21, 2014
Raiders fans will be the most disappointed as watching Carr’s play has been one of the biggest storylines so far this August, but the rookie has gotten enough reps during his first two preseason games to show off his potential. With his preseason winding down there is no sense risking Carr against the Packers, even if he could play with sore ribs. Already seeing the potential risk when Carr went down on Friday night against Detroit, it is probably for the best that the team will be safely handling Carr by sitting him this week.