Derek Carr injury poses short-term test of Raiders' resilience

Ravens will get EJ Manuel and not standout Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in Sunday's game

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will miss between two and six weeks after breaking a bone in his back during a loss to the Denver Broncos.

With Carr out, we have no choice but to severely downgrade the Raiders' skill players. Following the game, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Carr had back spasms.

"Obviously, it's always a big blow to lose a good player, a key player, your quarterback", Del Rio said.

What's a transverse process fracture?

See Tony Romo in 2014.

The news that came out Monday afternoon confirmed it.

It is common for X-rays to miss subtle fractures. EJ Manuel played well against a very tough Denver Broncos defense by moving the ball all the way down the field for a field goal on his second drive.

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If Carr is out for beyond the minimum two weeks, it's hard to see a scenario where the Raiders do not enter the final two months of the season with at least four losses.

It would be very hard for him to play next week.

Romo actually fractured two transverse processes against the Washington Redskins when he took a hit from linebacker Kennan Robinson but was able to start the following week. Cam Newton also suffered the same type of fracture when he was in a auto accident in 2014.

Then, this preseason, his play was so poor I advocated for the Raiders to sign a quarterback off the street.

Yes, it is a spine fracture. It's not a risk to Carr's spinal health and the injury isn't serious in the grand scheme.

The worst-case scenario was avoided Monday: Carr is expected to return this season - but he could well return to a team that will need to be near-perfect down the stretch against a hellacious schedule to make the postseason. The biggest issue for Carr will be pain tolerance.

The 26-year-old Carr remained on the turf for several minutes as team trainers and medical personnel came on to the field to assist him.

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