Bone Expert Says He’d Be Surprised If Derek Carr Doesn’t Return Sooner Than Later

With Derek Carr expected to miss 2-6 weeks with a back injury, the question every Raider fan is asking right now is the same. Will his return be closer to two weeks or closer to six?

Tony Romo suffered a similar injury to Carr’s in 2014 and missed only one game.

Could Carr do the same?

Dr. Elliot Schwartz, who is an expert on these types of injuries, talked this week on the chances of Carr returning soon.

“One of the things that we don’t really know is how severe was this injury,” Dr. Schwartz said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game’s The Greg Papa Show. “In other words, was there one transverse process broken, were there two transverse processes broken like with Tony Romo or Cam Newton, or are there more transverse processes broken? And that might determine the extent of his recovery.”

Dr. Schwartz, who expressed some concern regarding the fact that Carr has now broken at least three bones within the past year, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Carr returned much closer to two weeks than the six week estimation.

“I’ve always gotten the impression that Derek Carr is pretty tough. He walked off that field, you know, he did not need a cart to take him off the field. He walked off under his own power… I would be surprised if he wasn’t back in 2 to 3, to 4 weeks at the most.”

The date everyone has circled is October 19 when the Raiders host the Chiefs on a Thursday night in Oakland (as opposed to their many other home venues around the world).

Given what we know about Carr, if there’s any way he can play against the Chiefs, you can bet he’s going to do it.

In the meantime, what’s Derek eating for breakfast these days? It might be time to make the move to whole milk.

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