This week the Raiders are having their third and final set of OTA's and Derek Carr remains relegated mostly to handoffs due to the injury to his finger. Though, to appease those in attendance at practice, he threw a short pass.
Derek Carr just threw a short toss... BUT mostly handing ball off still. He is sitting out on normal throwing drills. #Raiders— Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) June 2, 2015
Neglected to mention the pass was nearly end over end and now Carr is watching ...— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) June 2, 2015
The projected starting quarterback appeared in Monday practice photos, but only handing the ball off to running backs as he had in previous practices. The one pass notwithstanding, along with a few tosses on the side, that continues to be the case.
In his absence, Christian Ponder and Matt McGloin have split reps with the first team offense.
Carr has not thrown a pass in an organized practice since the Raiders' voluntary minicamps prior to the draft back in April. He wasn't practicing at all in the team's first OTA and following the second OTA when he was allowed to perform handoffs, head coach Jack Del Rio said Carr was "progressing."
The exact severity of the finger injury is not known, although most accounts, including that of his agent Tim Younger who said it was "very minor" and shot down any reports that Carr may need surgery. Younger also said "I think he's probably going to be throwing before the end of offseason team activities." Which, I guess is technically true.
There is one more set of practices for the Raiders this offseason. They will get together again next week for the team's three-day mandatory minicamp. After that, they will have a month and a half off before training camp.
From the looks of it, Carr will not be back throwing full for minicamp, but we'll see. If he is not, then one must wonder about his status for training camp, and the exact status of that finger.