Update on Carr/Mariota injuries
In week 16 we saw two of the promising stars in the NFL go down with broken fibula’s suffered by both Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota. Something no one wishes upon anybody and the timing couldn’t have been any worse than in week 16 for the Oakland Raiders.
Unlike the Tennessee Titans, the Raiders were looking to seal a first round bye heading into week 17, but that now lies in the hands of backup QB Matt McGloin. If the Raiders were to lose in week 17 in Denver and the Chiefs win, the Raiders will be playing in wildcard weekend. Derek Carr is expected to undergo surgery for a broken right fibula that he suffered in the later stages of his teams 33-25 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Coach Jack Del Rio spoke about it and said it was an obvious blow, and Carr’s recovery timetable is 6-8 weeks. If Matt McGloin was somehow able to take the Raiders to the Super Bowl 51 there would be a chance Carr could return with it being 6 weeks and a day on February 5th. The keyword is “if”. Derek Carr has spoken since breaking his fibula and has been very positive thanking his fans and family for their support on Twitter, and is optimistic that he would make a speedy recover.
Marcus Mariota on the hand will have surgery on his broken leg Wednesday in Charlotte, head coach Mike Mularkey said Monday. Unlike the Raiders, the Titans won’t be getting a taste of the post-season coming up with a 38-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Mariota did have his team in playoff contention through week 16 as it came to a heart breaking disappointing finish.
Mariota’s operation will include the insertion of a plate in his left leg to fix his broken fibula, and his recovery timetable is 4-5 months. Tennessee now has the offseason to look forward to as Sunday night they saw the Houston Texans clinch the AFC South with an ugly win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Matt Cassell has been named the starting QB going into week 17, and Alex Tanney was signed from the practice squad to provide depth if needed.
Orlando Torres covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @itslandoyo