Carr (fibula) was able to complete Monday's workout, which marked the start of the Raiders' offseason program, USA Today's Lindsay Jones reports. Carr broke his right fibula in Week 16 of last season but ended last month by stating his intention to be fully involved in Oakland's offseason work. Although the Raiders' exertions were likely on the lighter side to start off their program, the fact Carr completed all the tasks that his teammates did is certainly encouraging. According to all accounts, Carr's recovery has gone tremendously well, but given his massive importance, it's likely his status will continue to be updated until he's back in full football activities. In the meantime, Carr hopes to secure a new contract with the Raiders before training camp and said Monday his agent and general manager Reggie McKenzie have been in talks over a deal for months.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Carr (fibula) will be "full go" for offseason activities, CSN's Scott Bair reports. Carr broke the fibula in his right leg during a Week 16 game against the Colts on Christmas Eve last season and was initially slapped with a 6-to-8 week timetable for recovery. However, that was just the minimum requirement for healing and, according to Dr. Nick Grosso via the Bay Area News Group, Carr would still need an additional 4-to-6 weeks before he'd be able to play football again. The Raiders begin offseason workouts on April 17. Considering the quarterback is nearing full health with weeks to spare before that date -- which is roughly one month past the back end of Dr. Grosso's timeline for Carr's return to game action -- McKenzie's comments are fully believable and now the expectation for his fourth-year quarterback as Carr begins his preparations for the 2017 campaign.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said Carr (fibula) is either on track or ahead of schedule in his rehab process, CSN Bay Area reports. "He's doing well," Del Rio said. "We still have a couple months before we crank it up. He's in good spirits and everything that I've seen and heard is that he's on track, or maybe even ahead of schedule. We expect a complete recovery, and for him to have no issues." Del Rio's comments support the recent assessments provided by Raiders left tackle Donald Penn and Carr's brother (former NFL QB David Carr). The Raiders' signal-caller hopes to be a full participant in OTAs, but he did acknowledge that it wouldn't be smart to push the issue at such an early stage of the offseason. Even if he does miss some of the offseason program, Carr figures to be back at full strength before the start of training camp.
Carr (fibula) is approaching 100 percent health, NFL.com reports. "[He's] Walking around already, stretching it out," his brother, David Carr, said on NFL Total Access on Tuesday. "He can't do a lot for the bone, but he's going to be back. He'll get a whole full offseason in, and that's going to be the best part." David was backing up the assessment of Raiders left tackle Donald Penn, who learned from Derek himself that he's "almost 100 percent." Prior to breaking his right fibula in Week 16, the younger Carr had put everything together in his third season, leading the Raiders to a 12-3 record and falling 63 yards short of the first 4,000-yard campaign of his career. As intimated by his brother, Derek is expected to be good to go for the offseason program, which can kick off for the Raiders as early as April 17.
Carr, whose season ended due to a broken right fibula, suffered a fractured right pinkie finger in Week 12, The Mercury News reports. Carr's offseason focus will rightfully be rehabilitation on his right leg, but prior to the devastating injury, he was toughing out what was believed to be a dislocated finger at the time. In his first two games with the ailment in tow, he completed a measly 36 of 76 passes while averaging just short of 5.0 yards per attempt. He displayed increased comfort in his final two appearances, surpassing 60 percent passing in both outings, as he did in each of the first 11 contests of the year. After Carr went down for good in Week 16, the Raiders' fortunes were effectively sealed, losing out on the AFC West title in the regular season finale and dropping out of the postseason, 27-14, to the Texans in the wild-card round. If all goes as planned in his recovery, he should be healthy enough to take part in the majority of the offseason program.
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