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Carr limited in practice with thumb injury, endorses Sparano as full-time coach

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was limited in practice Wednesday because of a thumb injury he suffered against the Chiefs. However, he is expected to be ready to go for the Raiders next game.
Carr said he hurt the thumb on his throwing hand on the Raiders final drive in a 31-13 loss at Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday. He remained in the game and completed a pass to James Jones for a 9-yard touchdown on his final throw.
Earlier in the game, Carr got rolled up on by Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali and reinjured the left ankle he hurt against the Miami Dolphins in London on Sept.28.
Carr said his ankle held up fine in practice Wednesday and that he felt “good.” He has started all 14 of Oakland’s games this season and he is expected to make it 15 on Sunday, when the Raiders host the Buffalo Bills at the Coliseum.
He also came out in support of interim head coach Tony Sparano on Wednesday, when asked if he wanted Sparano back next season as the Raiders coach.
“Yeah, we love him,” Carr said. “He’s our leader. Absolutely. We love him. Obviously, those decisions are going to happen, and we have no control in that. Those decisions will be made, and whoever is here is who we’ll play for.
“But right now, coach Sparano is my leader. I love him 100 percent. He genuinely cares about me. He’s pulled me into his office just to ask how I’m doing. … Those kind of things from a head coach mean so much.”
Carr said he and his teammates are playing hard for Sparano every day, just as they have since Sparano replaced the fired Dennis Allen four games into this season.
Just the same, Carr said, he realizes that he doesn’t have much say in whether owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie make Sparano the full-time coach next season.
He conceded that it’s difficult not knowing who the coach is going to be beyond Dec. 28, when the Raiders conclude their season with a game against the Denver Broncos.
“The fact that I don’t know what’s going to happen, that’s hard,” Carr said. “But right now I’m focused on playing my heart out for him because I love him. I love him to death, I love playing for him. He pushes the heck out of me, and I love it. That’s how I like to be coached.”

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  • Jason Hoese

    The guys on the team in 1997 all loved Bugel too!

  • Danny

    I’m not defending Reggie on his coaching hire at all. I thought he should have hired an experienced coach right from the beginning instead of taking a huge risk with his first hire.

  • Danny

    I think you misunderstood me. I think Carr is going to have faith in the decision making and support who is coach is. I even support Sparano, he doesn’t say a whole bunch but intense the whole time. I just know that if Harbaugh gets hired Carr is going to say that he supports Harbaugh as well. If he would have gotten up and said negative things about Sparano that would not be very smart. Give the media nothing! I do have faith in Carr, he’s who I wanted since last year at this time.

  • Danny

    Donald Penn is rated higher than Veldheer at left tackle. Jennings got multi year deal from the Giants. Barnes? Seriously, he’s played left tackle, right tackle, right guard. He had a couple false starts last game but he’s so versatile and under rated. That’s why he got an extension. I never said he was perfect but MJD cost 1 million and DMac cost league minimum!

  • Danny

    @JeddClampett:disqus, I agree that they should have kept Hue Jackson, I think a lot of people do. But if you look at McKenzie’s improvement in the draft he’ll do the same with a hire. He did make a mistake I agree but doesn’t mean he’ll continue to make the same mistake. Sometimes you have to be humbled to realize you made a mistake. I just don’t want to completely shake up GM and then get a guy that hires a good coach but can’t draft at all. At least McKenzie has an eye for talent.

  • Orthodoxdj

    It doesn’t matter how cheap a player is if the players sucks. As for Penn, prove your point with evidence and I will admit you’re right.

  • Raider Rocker

    Not Star Trek. Its the Cyclops from the Sinbad and the Seven Seas movies in the 70’s. BTW, a young Jane Seymour was so hot it those movies 🙂

  • tuckrulefool

    Art Shell II was a god! (We could go on for quite a while…haha!)

  • Marvin Harrison

    I don’t see them getting someone better without giving up draft picks they can’t afford to give up. A third rounder could be costly, and any more a disaster.

  • JeddClampett

    I have to respectfully disagree Danny. An eye for talent does not a GM
    make. Director of Player Personnel is probably where Reggie is best
    suited and is probably where he should stay. His abilities in that role
    were proven in Green Bay and here in Oakland. Aside from Hue, I think there were too many
    other bad decisions as a GM as well (especially this last off-season!). I
    have to give him a vote of no confidence. I am definitely biased
    because I’ll probably never get over the Hue Jackson thing. Was this
    team not exciting to watch after Hue took over? There was a lot of buzz
    around the league for an 8-8 team. We were so close to busting this
    thing loose after so much turmoil and it was squashed by the enormous,
    immature ego of one Reggie McKenzie. Not by sound judgement. A good GM
    knows how to leverage the talent around him to make sound decisions.
    Just as a great coach knows how to get the most out of his players based
    on their individual abilities. Al Davis always preached it’s about the
    players. Not the system. Something Hue understood and DA never did. And apparently, Reggie didn’t either. I
    say absolutely shake it up again. Let’s get things right this time with a
    high caliber GM that surrounds himself with smart people and is not
    afraid to rely on them. A high quality, creative HC (and OC) that can
    instill the grit and passion in the team and just let Reggie do what he
    does best and help them find the talent as Director of Player Personnel.

    I know, I know. Brilliant right? You’re probably wondering why I’m not up in Oaktown pulling this thing together?

  • Jojo

    LOL, how….1. Rashad Jennings 733 yards on 163 carries and six touchdowns Dmac

    379 yards , yes THREE SEVEN NINE!!! And who gets a contract and who walks ? Also Kork and the other writers have cosigned this go back and read, MD has forced a few personal decisions ,Pryor,the Rams lineman his name escapes me right now but yes Dmac was pushed by the owner.

  • Jojo

    Bugel was not the problem…the defense (AD) was.

  • Jason Hoese

    Last thing I want to do is get into an argument with a fellow Raider fan, as you obviously have great taste in teams. But, what you have just explained does not back up the theory that MD wanted McFadden instead of Murray. I agree them letting Jennings go and keeping DMac was a huge mistake but it looks like the Pryor and Saffold thing were pretty good decisions. Hopefully, the next two weeks are the last time we see Dmac wearing our beautiful colors.

  • Danny

    @orthodoxdj:disqus, it’s easy to go say MJD sucks now but at the time it was a good signing. Who else were the Raiders suppose to sign? I got the rankings from Pro Football focus. I believe Austin Howard gave up the sacks yesterday so it should still be accurate. Last time I checked Donald Penn was ranked #9 and Veldheer #11. Donald Penn only cost 4.5 million this season and has been awesome. I bet you money both Veldheer and Houston were trying to hold the Raiders hostage for big pay days saying they would leave if the Raiders didn’t give em what they want. That’s the same reason the Raiders didn’t get any top notch free agents. All of the elite players wanted the Raiders to overpay for them to go to Oakland. So McKenzie went with the players that would come here. People make it sound like McKenzie just ignored top talent and signed bad players on purpose. Justin Tuck has also played well and Smith has played better lately. Not easy to rebuild a team that has been in turmoil for years.

  • Danny

    Plus, I don’t care if I’m right or wrong just trying to point out that it’s easy to be critical but if you look at the details there wasn’t much more McKenzie could do.

  • Danny

    I never said that Reggie has done a great job at all aspects of being a GM. I agree with you about Hue Jackson. Although I felt he talked too much to the press and gave other teams bulletin board material he’s still the only guy to get McFadden on track. I think him and Mark Davis gave up too much for Carson Palmer as well. That’s where Reggie Mckenzie is very good. He’s good at drafting and contracts. I kept waiting for Mark Davis to hire more people to assist McKenzie but it never happened. I notice you didn’t ask to have McKenzie fired and that’s all I’m saying. Did he hire the wrong coach? Hell yeah. Dennis Allen could not motivate players. McKenzie should have gone safer and hired a coach with at least head coaching experience. I’m not saying he’s made all the right decisions but you can’t discount the positive impact he’s had.