This week, Raiders fans cringed when they learned that quarterback Derek Carr had suffered a finger injury.
The second-year pro injured the ring finger on his throwing hand and was unable to take part in the start of the team’s organized team activities (OTAs) this week, leaving the bulk of quarterback duties to Christian Ponder and Matt McGloin.
The Raiders released no details of the injury, but Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that he was told by a source that Carr’s injury – there reportedly was numbness in the finger -- might require surgery.
But now Carr’s agent, Tim Younger, has told the San Francisco Chronicle that the injury isn’t major and it won’t require surgery. He said the injury is a “nonstory.”
“It’s a very minor situation,” Younger told the Chronicle’s Lev Facher. “I think he’s probably going to be throwing before the end of” OTAs.
Though this is valuable time for Carr to be working with his new teammates – especially some new receivers added through free agency and the draft – and getting familiar with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s new system, head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters the lost time shouldn’t be a long-term problem.
“Time missed in May is better than time missing in September,” he said. “You’re often more capable of taking whatever time is necessary to make sure you put things behind you.”
Though Carr isn’t participating in on-field drills, Carr is with the team, observing practice.