Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Raiders QB Derek Carr declared out for Sunday's game vs. Ravens

Raiders QB Derek Carr declared out for Sunday's game vs. Ravens

Manuel's performance was such a turnaround from Carr's Sunday that it had some Raiders fans questioning if Del Rio should have swapped QBs earlier. Losing Carr is bad, but this schedule is not impossible.

Oakland has to get ready for its Week 5 game at home versus the Baltimore Ravens.

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In theory, Carr could return after that contest with the Bolts.

Now EJ Manuel will take Carr's place. The biggest issue for Carr will be pain tolerance.

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the field during player warm ups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. If he is out all five games and the Raiders win three of the five, they will be 5-4 and still in the wild card mix. He is the heart-and-soul of the team. The defense has improved but likely can not carry the load with Carr sidelined. Manuel, a first-round pick in Buffalo in 2013, showed some encouraging signs when he relieved Carr after the injury. Instead, it could be another game that sinks the Raiders to the point where they face a major uphill climb in the season's second half. Manuel last won an National Football League game in September 2014.

There's no time too soon for Carr to return, but there's no obvious soft landing spot for him in October, either. Teams will now be able to prepare for Manuel. This has become a question for any team with an injured quarterback. "I got that information about 10 minutes ago". It was reported to be anything from back spasms, to being kneed in the kidney. Of course, the less time he misses, the better. The Raiders must find a way to function better this year without Carr than they did without him. Carr was sidelined past year after suffering a fractured tibula in Week 16, and Matt McGloin and Connor Cook weren't able to do enough to prevent an immediate playoff exit with a 27-14 loss to the Texans.

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