Raiders quarterback Derek Carr sat out Tuesday’s first organized team activity with an injury that ESPN reports may require surgery, but should have him back by training camp in July.
The second-year quarterback was on the field in a jersey and baseball cap, but didn’t participate and coach Jack Del Rio declined to disclose what kept Carr out of action.
“He wasn’t able to practice today,” Del Rio said. “I know the quarterback generates more interest than others, but he’s not the only guy we held out. Everybody’s here, working hard, doing what they can.
“The guys that need to be held out are being held out. They’re getting the necessary rehab and will join us when they can. I’m not going to comment on injuries this time of year.”
ESPN reported, citing a source, that Carr has an injured right ring finger that may need surgery and that he’s questionable to participate for the remainder of the OTAs. The Raiders have three sessions of OTAs, with the last one concluding June 4. The team is optimistic he’ll be back by the start of training camp in late July, according to ESPN.
Carr was not made available to the media. Christian Ponder took the first-team quarterback reps in his absence, followed by Matt McGloin. Undrafted free agent Cody Fajardo saw minimal action.
As for the impact on Carr not participating as new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave installs his offense, Del Rio said: “We’re just plodding ahead, installing and working and doing what we can with the guys that are available. The guys that aren’t are working their best mentally through the process and talking all the mental reps they can.”
While the seriousness of Carr’s apparent injury is unknown, Del Rio said this is a time of the year to be more cautious than normal.
“Time missed in May is better than time missed in September, for sure,” Del Rio said.