UPDATE (15:20) -- Carson Palmer (ribs) was taken to a local hospital for "some further evaluation" but coach Denis Allen anticpates that Palmer will be flying home with the team.
UPDATE: (11:45) -- Both Carson Palmer (ribs) and Tyvon Branch (foot) will not return to the game, the Raiders announced.
UPDATE: (11:25) -- X-rays on Carson Palmer's ribs came back negative, but he remains in a lot of pain and his return in questionable.
CHARLOTTE -- Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer was knocked out of the game late in the first quarter with what was described as a rib injury. His return was described as "questionable."
On a busted play, Palmer rolled out to the right and just as he released the ball, Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy lowered his helmet and speared him in the back. Hardy picked up a roughing-the-passer penalty but did not seem to mind.
Hardy did a celebration over the prone Palmer before moving toward the Raiders sideline and mocking them by putting up his hands as if to frame the players.
Matt Leinart replaced Palmer. Earlier, Terrelle Pryor was in on the Raiders' second play from scrimmage and threw a pass to Palmer, who was lined up wide right. Palmer then hit Pryor for a 22-yard gain.
Also, strong safety Tyvon Branch suffered a foot injury and his return was questionable.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.