The Las Vegas Raiders pulled off an impressive win in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns.
Stats don’t show it, but Derek Carr was key today. 41 rushing yards, no turnovers, some huge 3rd down throws, and the huge TD to Renfrow on 3rd and goal.
Run game really carried today but when called upon, DC made winning plays. #RaiderNation
— Micah Wright (@Micah_WrightNFL) November 1, 2020
The issue was Carr not sliding on run plays like this.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 1, 2020
Against Cleveland, Carr had 6 rushes for 41 yards.
Asked after the game about Carr’s rushes, Gruden said:
“I say, are you out of your mind? Don’t get carried away but he’s a great competitor. I’m just proud he’s finding all kinds of ways to move the team. We’ve had receivers come and go, we’ve had linemen come and go, but he’s hung in there and he’s finding ways to move the team.”
Teammate Josh Jacobs had a similar reaction.
“Slide. Slide. Please don’t take a hit.”
Jacobs was responsible for a lot of the rushing yardage against Cleveland.
He had 31 carries for 128 yards.
Derek Carr’s Injury History
Gruden and Jacobs are correct to advise Carr to slide.
Carr, like most NFL quarterbacks, is no stranger to injuries.
At 29 years of age, Carr is still young in football years, but he does need to protect his body from unnecessary injuries.
Here is a recap of Carr’s most serious injuries.
On August 15, 2014, Carr took a big hit in a preseason game.
In addition to getting a concussion, he had bruised ribs.
2. Broken Fibula
The most notable and gruesome of Carr’s injuries happened on Christmas Eve, 2016.
In a game against the Indianapolis Colts, Carr broke his leg.
He had surgery and missed the remainder of the season.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) December 29, 2016
3.Back Vertebral Fracture
On October 1, 2017, Carr had a transverse process fracture in his back.
Luckily, he only missed 1 game.
Carr’s Style of Play
Derek Carr is clearly not concerned about injuries.
When asked how he evaluates his fitness to play each week, he shared his mantra:
“What’s the worst that can happen?”
The Las Vegas Raiders are 4-3 and are the only team to give the 7-1 Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs a loss this year.
As long as the Raiders keep winning and Carr stays healthy, all will be just fine in Las Vegas.