Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden sparked some anxiety within the Raider Nation on Monday when he said he was “concerned” about the health of quarterback Derek Carr heading into Sunday’s home game against the Miami Dolphins.
However, Wednesday, Gruden soothed fans’ panic by announcing that Carr, an early NFL MVP candidate, practiced fully on Wednesday and he is “good to go” to play against Miami.
Gruden also said rookie right tackle Alex Leatherwood practiced fully, which is a strong sign he should be able to play against Miami. The first-round pick didn’t play in the second half in the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday because of a back strain.
In negative injury news, running back Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle), left guard Richie Incognito (calf) and backup safeties Dallin Leavitt (concussion) and Roderic Teamer (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday. On Monday, Gruden said Jacobs, who missed the Pittsburgh game, was very questionable to play Sunday. Incognito hasn’t played this season.
#Raiders coach Jon Gruden: Leatherwood also FULL. But Jacobs, Leavitt and Incognito did not practice today.— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) September 22, 2021
The positive Carr news is not totally unexpected. While Gruden said Monday he was concerned and that Carr was questionable to play in Week 3, he did say he was hopeful Carr would play. Carr finished the Steelers’ game and looked strong, so this good news was the expected outcome.
UPDATE: The full injury report has been released:
#Raiders who didn't practice today: G Richie Incognito (calf), RB Josh Jacobs (ankle), S Dallin Leavitt (concussion) & S Roderic Teamer (ankle).— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) September 22, 2021
LB Nick Kwiatkoski (concussion), DE Carl Nassib (pectoral/toe), DE Yannick Ngakoue (hammy) & DT Darius Philon (knee) were limited.