The Oakland Raiders were needing some good news following what appeared to be serious injuries to a number of key players.
Following Sunday Raiders didn’t explain injuries in detail.
Nate Allen (Knee), Charles Woodson (Shoulder), Derek Carr (Hand), Justin Ellis (Ankle)
Carr was knocked out of the game in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bengals it was later confirmed as a hand injury by the Raiders.
Mixed reports confused the situation through out the day.
Around 9:30 AM PDT ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported that Raiders didn’t expect Carr to play and that he would be out in week 2. SiriusXM NFL Radio aired that news around 10:30 on it NFl Update
Mortensen would tweet out that Christian Ponder had been contacted by Raiders. Then a few hours later Mortensen tweeted that Raiders had informed Ponder that he would not be signed due to encouraging MRI reports.
NFL’s Ian Rapoprt later confirmed the injury (Bruised Thumb), and said swelling would determine if Carr would play or not.
Jack Del Rio
Del Rio Spoke to the media around 3:00 PM PDT
“We think he’s going to be OK,” Del Rio said in a press conference.
“He was up here in the office this morning showing me how he could squeeze the ball and all that, so it was good news,” Del Rio said. “I think we’re all relieved.”
“Yeah, using his throwing hand to become a straight-arm tool,” Del Rio said, “I would probably not ask him to repeat that.”
When Jack Del Rio spoke at 3:00PM PDT he had not yet heard about the results on Charles Woodson’s injury
ESPN’s Josina Anderson later confirmed the injury, Dislocated Shoulder.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport later added to Josina’s report.
The intial reports were that Raiders feared Allen’s injury was a torn ACL. after MRi it was not to be the case.
Jack Del Rio said in his presser that he thought Nate Allen could return this season.
NFL’s Ian Rapport confirmed MRI report.
We got no clarification except that it was an Ankle injury.