ALAMEDA — Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr came off the Friday injury report, clearing him to start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back less than two weeks ago against the Broncos. The injury normally sidelines players 2-6 weeks, but Carr will return after only missing one game.
“He’ll be ready to play. I think it was smart to give him the week, which we did, even though he was pushing for last week,” Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s cleared to go and got the green light. Doctors and trainers all gave him the go. He had a full week of practice for the most part, so we’re ready to go.”
On Wednesday, Carr admitted there was still pain in his back. When asked whether he’s concerned with the risk he’s taking returning in just two weeks, Carr cited the risk for injury every time he steps onto the field.
Four players will miss Sunday’s game with injuries: cornerback Gareon Conley (shin), linebacker Marquel Lee (ankle), cornerback Antonio Hamilton (knee) and fullback Jamize Olawale (concussion).
Conley, the 2017 first-round pick out of Ohio State, will miss his fourth game of the season. Lee, Hamilton and Olawale each suffered their injuries against Baltimore last Sunday.
With Lee out, expect to see more of Nicholas Morrow and Tyrell Adams at linebacker.
Cornerback David Amerson (shoulder), linebacker Cory James (knee) and running back DeAndre Washington (hamstring) were all limited in Friday’s practice and listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Right guard Gabe Jackson (foot), tight end Lee Smith and wide receiver Amari Cooper (knee) also came off the injury report. Jackson, Oakland’s starting right guard, missed last Sunday’s game.
The game is still set for 1:25 p.m. PST at the Coliseum despite “unhealthy” air quality – according to the Environmental Protection Agency – lingering in Oakland from the North Bay fires.
“It looks like we’ll play here,” Del Rio said. “Should go off. I think Cal plays tonight, Stanford plays Saturday. I don’t know if they are canaries or not, but we’ll get an indication. I think we’re going to be fine. Obviously, it’s a serious situation, what’s going on up North. A lot of people have had their lives turned upside down. A lot of people lost their lives. It’s a tough deal, but the smoke part of it for us, we adjusted during the week, did the best we could with the situation. Now we’re prepared to go. Looking forward to going out and playing good football. We really just need to play some good football.
“The last two days have been a little bit better, but I don’t know what the numbers are saying.”
The Raiders sent out the following statement Friday afternoon:
“Sunday’s game against the Chargers remains scheduled for 1:25 p.m. at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. We will continue to monitor air quality conditions in the Bay Area and will update the public with any changes via our social media channels.”
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