Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will miss games due to back injury

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OAKLAND CA – NOVEMBER 06 Marquette King

"He has a transverse process fracture", Del Rio said, via Oakland's team website. QB expected to be out for at least 2 weeks. But it's hard to imagine that Del Rio would embrace the idea, especially if he believes that Carr's injury status is temporary. There doesn't appear to be anything dirty about this hit, but you can be certain that Raider Nation is not going to like Gotsis after this play.

"I think the thing that we have seen in watching EJ Manuel is he's running the same offense that Derek Carr was running".

The good news is the Oakland Raiders may not be completely lost for those 2-6 weeks.

The Raiders franchise quarterback suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 16 last season and signed a five-year, $125 million extension with the club this offseason.

But if Carr's situation becomes longer term, the Raiders would be insane not to consider Kaepernick. EJ Manuel played well against a very tough Denver Broncos defense by moving the ball all the way down the field for a field goal on his second drive. If they have any expectations of getting back to the playoffs, they'll need to be much more resilient now. On Sunday, the Ravens lost to the Steelers.

The Raiders return home to host the Baltimore Ravens. That was in 2014. The Chiefs take the field Monday night as the only unbeaten team in the National Football League, and the Broncos are a game up on the Raiders at 3-1 with the win in hand. Multiple reports came out shortly after the game regarding the severity of the injury.

A little more than a week after that game, the Raiders travel to first-place Buffalo. They are 2-2 and have fallen behind early in the two losses and have not recovered. He's not at that level yet - and one has to wonder if he'll be able to reach that level at any point this season, considering the injury - but that doesn't negate the fact that he's vital to the Raiders' success.

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