Raiders quarterback Derek Carr got some good news regarding his health.
X-Rays showed his ailing ribs were not broken.
The second-round pick was concussed, and must pass a series of NFL mandated concussion tests before returning to practice.
“I spoke to Derek this morning, and he’s feeling a lot better,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “He did have a concussion, so we’ll follow the protocol there and kind of take that day by day.”
Even if he’s cleared quickly, Allen said he won’t see more time with the first unit. He played a series with the starting group in Friday’s 27-26 victory over the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum.
The Raiders play at the Green Packers for their third preseason game, a contest where starters generally play significant snaps. That means veteran quarterback Matt Schaub will take center stage.
“I wouldn’t anticipate (Carr taking first-team reps),” Allen said. “Our game plan going in is to get significant work for the No. 1's because, when you get into that fourth preseason game, they aren’t going to get much work. We’ll see a lot of Matt Schaub in this game.”
That’s because, as Allen has said time and again, Schaub is the Raiders starting quarterback.
Carr has progressed throughout the preseason.
Allen could see a difference from one preseason game to the next.
“I saw some improvement in his accuracy. I saw some improvement in his reads. I saw some improvement on some touch passes,” Allen said of Carr. “I think that’s a positive sign. There is obviously still a lot of room for improvement, a lot of room for growth. But, I did see him take a step forward from where he was at after the first preseason game.”