Derek Carr may have a tendency to break his bones — he’s thrice been knocked out of games with broken bones — but he has also shown a tendency to return quickly from them.
His latest broken bone is in his back (ouch) and just four days after it occurred, he was back on the practice field. He is practicing again today.
Though he is not expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, reports have him possibly returning as early as next week when the Raiders host the Chargers, according to ESPN’s Stephania Bell.
On ESPN’s NFL Live, @Stephania_ESPN reported that Raiders QB Derek Carr has improved and could play as early as next week vs Chargers.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 6, 2017
If he does return, that’s a quick turnaround for an injury that is supposed to hold a 2-6 week down time.
Carr’s first broken bone came midway through last season when he dislocated his pinky finger in two places on a snap from center. He left the game for one series to get it placed and returned to finish the game.
Late last season, his worse break happened. He was sacked by Colts defensive end Trent Cole and broke his fibula. He would miss the season finale and the team’s wild card loss to the Texans, but insisted that should the team reach the Super Bowl five weeks later, it was possible he could be ready.
They obviously never had the chance to prove whether that would be true or not, but because he didn’t tear any ligaments, he was on the field and ready from day one of offseason workouts in April.