ALAMEDA, Calif. – While Derek Carr is officially listed as questionable to play Sunday at home against the Baltimore Ravens after practicing in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday, he will not start at quarterback.
EJ Manuel will get the nod.
The question, then, is whether the Raiders have Carr dress for the game after he suffered a transverse process fracture in his back on Sunday.
Consider: Oakland has dressed only two QBs on game days and with Manuel starting, having Carr suited up instead of Connor Cook would be a sign the Raiders have little to no trust in Cook should things go sideways against the Ravens.
Plus, a dressed Carr on the sideline would serve as a huge shadow over Manuel, who would no doubt hear it from the crowd the first time he overthrows a receiver or throws a pick.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was in no mood to discuss such things on Friday.
“I’m not going to really talk about injuries and what we may and may not do or who we may or may not play or when and all that kind of stuff, when we’re going to utilize people,” Del Rio said. “Not going to get into all of that.
“We do have a number of people who are questionable. We have time before we tee it up. They’ll remain a question mark until we make the final decision.”
Carr is one of five Raiders who were limited in practice on Friday, including right guard Gabe Jackson, and all were listed as questionable.
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 6, 2017
Cornerback David Amerson is out of the concussion protocol.