Derek Carr to start against Chargers

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr passes against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

The Oakland Raiders got some good news on Friday, learning that starting quarterback Derek Carr is good to go and will receive the nod for Sunday’s game against the rival Los Angeles Chargers.

The fourth-year signal caller gave Raiders fans a reason to worry after he went down midway through the team’s Week 4 loss against the Denver Broncos due a back injury. Carr, who engineered the team to a 12-4 regular-season record last season, notably suffered a broken leg late in 2016-17 before ultimately returning this time around.

Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back earlier this season against the Broncos, the same type of injury that sidelined both Tony Romo and Cam Newton for one game each in 2014-15.

“I felt bad because I care so much about this team and this organization that even though I had a broken back, I still felt bad that I couldn’t be out there to help because as you guys know, I sat there for two games last year and had to watch knowing there’s nothing I could do to help,” Carr said, per the Mercury News. “It is a lonely feeling.”

Backup quarterback E.J. Manuel started in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens while the former No. 16 overall pick originally signed a deal with the Raiders during the free agency period. He completed 50 percent of his passing attempts for 159 yards and one touchdown en route to a rating of 82.1 in the loss to the Ravens.

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