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Derek Carr out with serious injury

Posted by on 12/30/2016 3:06:00 PM
Derek Carr injured

We can now erase the surprising and inspiring Oakland Raiders from the Super Bowl race.

The concerned look on head coach Jack Del Rio told it all on Saturday. Quarterback Derek Carr, who grew up this season and turned into a Most Valuable Player candidate is out for the remainder of the season and the playoffs with a broken leg.

He was their best chance to slide by heavily favored New England and even arch rival Kansas City into the Super Bowl. Now the onus is on back up Mark McGloin, who threw for three touchdowns in his first start for the Raiders in 2013, then showed the rest of the 2013 season why he went undrafted.

The Raiders are still a good football team but they are no longer elite without Carr.

The fateful passing play came when Pro Bowl left tackle allowed his first sack of the season. Penn said his foot slipped “It feels like we lost the game,” said linebacker Bruce Irvin after the Raiders 33-25 victory over Indianapolis. “We lost our leader.” This is like Green Bay losing Aaron Rodgers or the Patriots trying to slug through the stretch without Tom Brady. It was a huge lump of coal as a stocking stuffer. Even with Carr the Raiders were slumping in the red zone with just two touchdowns in their last 11 trips inside opponents’ 20 yard line. That included Carr’s first red zone interception of the season.

Carr was limited any way. He took his final 231 snaps from center in the shot gun because of a dislocated finger. This has been a big season for Carr. He is now among QB elite after beginning the season as the 16th best quarterback according to a general manager’s poll for ESPN.com.

“He’s got a big-time arm. He can make all the throws,” said former quarterback Rich Gannon. “He’s got very good mobility.”

The old saying in the NFL is “next man up.” Teammates are saying the right things and say they have faith in McGloin.

“We are very confident in Matt,” Irvin said. “We are very confident in his abilities and the weapons around him. Guys gotta step up. Me and Khalil gotta step up. We not only have to lead the defense, but lead the offense too. But we’re ready and prepared.”

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