The Oakland Raiders had a scare in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, as quarterback Derek Carr dislocated a finger on a fumbled snap in the third quarter.
He came out of the game for a series, as backup Matt McGloin took over under center.
After a three-and-out though, Carr returned and helped the Raiders earn another comeback victory, as they were down by eight points in the fourth quarter.
Carr finished the game with a glove on his right hand protecting the dislocated pinky. Despite the injury though, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio doesn’t believe he’s in any danger of missing next week’s game, via Raiders.com:
“Status… he jammed it on that snap. He was able to return. Went and got X-Rays and made sure it wasn’t anything significant and it wasn’t, so we think he’s going to be OK. He came back and played and obviously helped us win the game, so it’s a welcomed sight.”
Carr ended any possible questions, as he reaffirmed that he is not going to miss any time:
Carr: “You guys know me. It doesn’t matter what happens. I’m going to practice. I’ll play next game. I don’t imagine anything will happen, it just sucks.”
Behind Carr, the Raiders scored 11 unanswered fourth quarter points to win the game and move to 9-2 on the season, which is tied for the best record in the AFC.
He found his tight end Clive Walford for a touchdown, and then converted the two-point conversion to Seth Roberts to tie the game with just over eight minutes left in the game.
He then hit receiver Michael Crabtree on a 49-yard pass on the next drive to set up the game-winning field goal.
The comeback was Carr’s league leading fifth fourth quarter comeback this season, as he has proved that with this Raiders team no deficit is insurmountable.