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Derek Carr’s back injury leaves Raiders wondering how long they’ll be missing their QB

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr grabs his back after being sacked in Sunday’s game. Carr will be out two to six weeks with the back injury suffered on the play.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr grabs his back after being sacked in Sunday’s game. Carr will be out two to six weeks with the back injury suffered on the play. Associated Press

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will be out two to six weeks with the back injury he suffered Sunday in Denver.

Tests revealed that the ex-Fresno State star has a transverse process fracture, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said in his regular Monday news conference at the team’s Alameda headquarters.

A transverse process is described by Sports Injury Clinic as a bony protrusion from the back of a vertebrae bone in the spine. There is one on each side of every vertebrae in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Del Rio said recovery time is typically two to six weeks. The Raiders, 2-2 after back-to-back losses, face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Del Rio talked to Carr by telephone and said the quarterback told him he “was sorry.”

“He’ll bounce back,” Del Rio said. “I told him the team will take care of business while he’s healing.”

Carr left Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter after he was sacked and took a knee to his back as he went to the ground. He stayed on the ground for several minutes but walked off the field under his own power with trainers by his side.

Immediately after the game, Del Rio called the quarterback’s injury “back spasms” and Carr told reporters, “It’s going to take a lot for me not to be out there.”

Carr completed 10 of 18 for 143 yards and a touchdown in the 16-10 loss to Denver, his second straight subpar performance.

Carr suffered a broken fibula last season against the Indianapolis Colts that caused him to miss the last regular-season game and the Raiders’ playoff loss. But he was back on the field in time for preseason workouts.

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