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 six-to-eight week timetable for recovery. However, that was the minimum requirement for healing and, according to Dr. Nick Grosso via the Bay Area News Group, Carr would need an additional four to six weeks before he'd be able to play football again. The Raiders begin offseason workouts on April 17th, which aligns almost perfectly with the back end of that timeline. Thus, by all accounts, it appears Carr's recovery couldn't have gone much better than it has so far and the fourth-year quarterback will be ready to begin preparations for the 2017 campaign with the rest of the team when voluntary practices commence next month.
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'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
Carr underwent surgery on his broken right fibula Tuesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
As expected, the procedure has been completed, but the prospect of a 6-to-8 recovery timetable has inspired thoughts that Carr could be available for the Super Bowl, if the Raiders were to reach the season-capping contest in Houston under the direction of quarterback Matt McGloin. Optimistic parties should put those thoughts to bed, though. Per a discussion between Dr. Nick Grosso, president of The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, and the Bay Area News Group, the notion Carr may be ready for game action in six weeks is untenable. "There will be six to eight weeks minimum for healing and [the] Super Bowl will be over by then," Grosso said. After that initial period, Carr will still need "an additional four to six weeks before he can play again because even once the bone has healed the soft tissue around it also needs to be adapt and remodel itself. But he could be training and even throwing again in three months." With that knowledge, Carr is a great candidate to take part in the entire offseason program, just not Super Bowl LI.
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