By Jerry McDonald
ALAMEDA _ Derek Carr was back on the practice field and making up for lost time Tuesday.
Carr, who missed all three of the Raiders organized team activity sessions with a reported injury to the ring finger on his throwing hand, took a full load of first-team practice repetitions on the first day of the club’s mandatory minicamp.
“I’m 100 percent,” Carr said. “If I could be more than 100, that’s where I’m at.”
Carr’s return to the field did not bring with it disclosure of the nature of his injury.
“It’s a non-issue,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “We haven’t talked a lot about it to this point and we’re not going to start now.”
Carr began practice with some medium-range touch passes to tight end and later threw with more velocity on slants to wide outs. Carr never appeared to unleash his best fastball, which may have had more to do with the layoff and rust than it did the injury.
“It started to get better as practice went on,” Carr said. “As more reps come, it will be more natural like it should be, but I was definitely rusty at first.”
Since the original ESPN report included the mention of surgery, Carr’s break from throwing _ he estimates it was between 30 and 40 days _ got a lot of publicity.
“It was minor,” Carr said. “There was nothing big to it. II just had to go through a little rehab and stretching and all that kind of stuff. I felt ready to rock a long time ago and I felt even better today.”
Carr was grateful to teammates who urged him to take his time.
“My teammates were telling me, `We’re not going to win games right now. Just relax,’ ” Carr said. “They todl me half the veterans don’t even show up to this kind of stuff anyway. I started laughing. It made it easier for me because I’m so competitive. I don’t care if it’s an OTA and we’re just throwing routes, I want to be the best. When I don’t have an opportunity to do that, it’s kind of hard.”