At 12-3, the Raiders have had hopes of making a Super Bowl run this year. Those hopes took a major blow when Derek Carr went down last Saturday against the Colts, breaking his fibula. Carr will have surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, setting his timetable at 6-8 weeks.
Raiders QB Derek Carr expected to undergo surgery on fractured fibula Tuesday in Los Angeles, per source. Recovery timetable is 6-8 weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 26, 2016
Six weeks from Tuesday would have Carr back two days after the Super Bowl. That surely won’t deter some fans of holding out hope Carr can return ahead of even the optimistic end of the timetable.
Even if Carr were able to heal fast enough to make an unlikely return ahead of the Super Bowl, the Raiders would have to get there without him.
Matt McGloin takes over for Carr from here on out. McGloin must lead the Raiders to three-straight wins to reach the Super Bowl.
If he can lead them to a win in the season finale, the Raiders will have a first round bye, making the path in the playoffs shorter, and playing at home in at least the division round.
If the Raiders lose the finale, they will play in the wildcard round on the road in Houston as well as two more.
If somehow McGloin could step up and lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl, would the coaches be concerned about rushing Carr back at that point? Or would they just let McGloin finish off his improbable run? That’s a question for the coaches should it come to that.