Derek Carr Taking Snaps, But Not Throwing At Raiders OTAs

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May 19, 2015; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterbacks Derek Carr (4) and Cody Fajardo (8) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr’s finger injury has been the hot button topic surrounding the Oakland Raiders since the 2015 NFL Draft came and went. The standout quarterback who started all 16 games as a rookie suffering a setback that could sit him down from throwing until 2015 Training Camp, with it being reported that a surgery may have been needed initially before his agent shot those reports down. Making for a ton of question marks surrounding the health of Carr’s hand in the early stages of preparations for the 2015 season.

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So with OTAs starting up again on Tuesday in Alameda, Carr again was the center of attention for media members on hand. Those in attendance patiently watching what the quarterback can and can’t do with his hand status in question. The quarterback taking part in drills, but was noticeably limited on Tuesday afternoon.

According to those at the OTA session, Carr was taking snaps and participating in the practice, but was not throwing. Signalling that Carr may not be as injured as expected, but still is far from healthy enough to be throwing. Spectating once passing drills went underway despite taking the time to take some snaps and hang around the team as an active member of the session.

There are some positive signs with Carr taking part in the practices and being more active, but if there are still issues with his finger hopefully the quarterback is not stalling his recovery time by wanting to be out there more than he needs to be. Being able to take snaps is a sign that he is healthier than what was feared, but if Carr is risking delaying the process of healing that also is not a good thing. Right now it appears that the finger injury scare may be a minor one, but until the starting QB is throwing passes it is still a worry as fans as well as the coaching staff will want to see Carr making throws as soon as possible.

Based on his early week activity, it looks like he may be on schedule to return already, even if he still has some healing to do on his finger before the center of attention gets back to throwing deep to his receivers this summer in the preparations for the upcoming season.