Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back in the Oct. 1 game at Denver and watched from the sidelines Sunday as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Raiders 30-17.
He went through pregame warmups and threw some passes and did some testing and looked OK. He greeted fans and signed autographs as he made his way back to the locker room.
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Monday, coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to see Carr back in the lineup against the Chargers.
“We’ll see,” Carr said. “I was ready to play last week in my head, but that’s how I always think. We’ll let Coach make that decision. My job is to show up everyday. Nothing changes for us. He monitors the quarterbacks, just like he does everyday. Just like he does in each position and we’ll go from there. But my job doesn’t change. I just got go out there and practice hard and show them I’m ready.”
Carr said he lobbied to play against Baltimore. “The thing that pushed me to play is I wanted to win. I wanted to show my teammates, my coaches, no matter what I’m going to do anything I can for my team. Show our city, our organization that it doesn’t matter what happened, I’m going to do anything I can to be out there. Those are the things that motivated and pushed me.”
EJ Manuel got the start against the Ravens.
Carr spoke to the potential risk of coming back so soon after his injury. “Anytime you take a hit like that there’s always a chance for anything. That’s the risk that we take every time we take the field. It’s a violent game that we play. More violent than people realize just watching on TV. But with that said, it’s a risk every single week. You could get hit. You could break your ankle, too. You could break your finger. You could do a lot of things. It’s just one of those things. You take a risk every time you go out there.”
Carr explained why he apologized to Del Rio about suffering the injury.
“It was my love for this team,” he said. “… I felt bad because I care so much about this team and organization that even (though) I had a broken back, I felt bad that I couldn’t be out there to help. I sat there for two games last year (after suffering a broken leg) and had to watch, knowing there is nothing I can do to help. It is a lonely feeling. It hurts because I see all the sacrifices all my teammates make.
“I just want to be out there and help them and I believe I can.”