ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr remains on track to start next week's home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
He missed Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a transverse process fracture in his back, though he practiced twice leading up to that game and pushed to be active at the very least.
Carr wasn't persuasive enough. Manuel started and played every snap, with Connor Cook as his backup. Manuel was solid in his first regular-season game as a Raider.
It might be his only one.
Head coach Jack Del Rio echoed previous sentiments on Monday, that he expects Carr to practice and play in Week 6.
"I anticipate him being ready to go," Del Rio said, "He was pushing pretty hard last week."
That's no surprise. Carr's recovery timetable was set at 2-6 weeks, and the Chargers clash will occur two weeks past the injury date. He was on the shallow end of that recovery timetable, and has remained on it.
While Carr pushed to play and be available against Baltimore, Manuel was always expected to start that game.
Carr will have a week's reps to prep for a now pivotal AFC West contest. The 2-3 Raiders are looking to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid falling into the division cellar.