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Breaking: Raiders QB Derek Carr expected to 2-6 weeks with fracture in his back

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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s ‘breaking’ news is of the worst kind. Monday Jack Del Rio told media that Derek Carr has broken a bone in his back that could will keep him out at least two weeks and perhaps longer.

“He’s got a transverse process fracture,” said Del Rio. “... These injuries the time frame is typically two to six [weeks].”

“I just got off the phone with him,” Del Rio continued. “He said he’s sorry. Great kid. He’ll bounce back. I told him the team will take care of business while he’s healing and just get healed up and when he’ll come back, he’ll come back.”

The injury occurred in the third quarter of Sunday’s game in Denver when Carr was pressured and attempted to scramble only to be met by Broncos’ defensive tackle Adam Gotsis whose knee struck Carr in the back on his way to the ground.

Stepping in for Carr was EJ Manuel, who will be expected to carry the load for the team in Carr’s absence with second year QB Connor Cook as the backup.

Carr had been lost to a broken fibula in week 16 of last season, causing him to miss the team’s season finale in Denver and their wild card loss in Houston. He had worked his way back from that and now is lost to another broken bone.