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Derek Carr leaves Raiders game with groin injury

Derek Carr groin

Derek Carr left Thursday night’s Las Vegas Raiders-Los Angeles Chargers game due to a groin injury.

The Raiders had the ball at the Chargers two down 7-0 late in the first quarter. Carr scrambled on a third down play but started to pull up and hobble before going out of bounds.

Carr was holding his left groin area and immediately headed to the locker room.

Carr was listed as questionable to return because of his groin.

Not only did the Raiders lose their quarterback on the play, but they also only ended up with a field goal on the possession.

The only good news for the Raiders is they invested in Marcus Mariota as their backup, which gives them a better option than most teams have at second string. Nathan Peterman is behind Mariota on the depth chart.

Derek Carr photo goes viral, gets meme treatment

Derek Carr bench

A photo of Derek Carr sitting on the bench during his Las Vegas Raiders’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night went viral and led to some memes.

The photo was shown by NBC during the fourth quarter with the Raiders holding a 24-21 lead.

Almost instantly, folks on social media began reacting with memes and jokes.

References to The Undertaker were popular.

You can’t knock Carr for having his gameface on given the circumstance. Carr played a nice game and threw for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns, but his Raiders were unable to hang on and lost 35-31.

Video: Derek Carr hit in the nuts during interception

Derek Carr groin

Derek Carr added injury to an insult during Sunday’s game between his Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.

Carr’s Raiders were down 31-20 in the fourth quarter following a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Chris Godwin. On the first play after the touchback, Carr attempted a pass over the middle to Nelson Agholor. The pass was tipped and intercepted by Antoine Winfield Jr., who returned the ball to the Raiders’ 24.

As if the interception weren’t already bad enough, Carr got nailed in the nuts during the play. He went down grabbing his groin area.

Carr was 23/34 for 277 yards and two touchdowns prior to that interception. The quarterback on the other side was just much better; Tom Brady passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another.

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Patrick Mahomes, Derek Carr had very brief handshake

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were upset by the division rival Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, and there was some buzz about the star quarterback snubbing his counterpart after the game. That didn’t happen.

Mahomes may have been irritated about Kansas City’s performance, but he and Derek Carr shared a very brief exchange on the field after the final whistle. You can see it in the video below:

Why so cold? There could be several reasons. For starters, the Chiefs and Raiders are rivals. Jon Gruden said prior to the game that he loves Andy Reid but “will do anything to win this game” and hates the Chiefs. Mahomes may have been angry that he lost a close game to a rival, which would be understandable.

The coronavirus pandemic may have also been a factor. Mahomes and Stephon Gilmore embraced following the Chiefs’ win over the New England Patriots last week, and Gilmore later tested positive for COVID-19. Perhaps Mahomes wanted to avoid a similar situation this week.

Whatever the case, Mahomes didn’t avoid Carr the way Tom Brady appeared to dodge Nick Foles after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Derek Carr speaks the truth about Raiders’ rivalry with Chiefs

Derek Carr

Derek Carr is speaking the truth about the Raiders’ performance against the Kansas City Chiefs recently.

Las Vegas is scheduled to visit Kansas City in Week 5 of the NFL season on Sunday. The game will mark the first of two scheduled contests between the teams this season.

Since there are only four teams per division in the NFL, and all the teams face each other twice a year, it’s fair to call all teams within a division “rivals.” But Carr does not believe the Raiders have qualified as rivals for the Chiefs recently.

“To be honest, to call it a rivalry we have to win some games against them,” Carr said Wednesday, via The Athletic’s Vic Tafur.

Carr is not wrong.

Since 2013, the Raiders have gone just 2-12 against the Chiefs. That span coincides with the timeline when Andy Reid took over in Kansas City.

Carr has been the Raiders’ quarterback since 2014 and has gone 2-10 against Kansas City.

The Chiefs have won the series over the last three decades. The series was even more one-sided during the 1990s, when Kansas City went 18-3 against the Raiders, including a playoff win in the 1991 season.

Derek Carr has brutal quote about Raiders’ lack of success vs. Chiefs

Derek Carr

The Raiders and Chiefs historically have one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL, but it sounds like one player thinks the contest needs to be a bit more even for that mantle to be claimed.

Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr thinks his team needs to be more competitive for the matchup to really be considered a true rivalry.

“To be honest, to call it a rivalry we have to win some games against them,” Carr said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

It’s brutal, but it’s not wrong. Mutual dislike is the base of every rivalry, but the best ones are always competitive and typically contested by two quality teams. The Raiders haven’t been that for a while. Since the start of the 2013 season, the Raiders have only beaten the Chiefs twice in 14 matchups.

The unbeaten Chiefs are again clear favorites over the 2-2 Raiders. Las Vegas has had other issues to deal with recently as well.

Derek Carr celebrates Raiders’ first Las Vegas win with special gesture

Derek Carr

The Raiders had to play in front of an empty stadium for their first home game in Las Vegas on Monday night, but you would have sworn 65,000 people were cheering them on. Derek Carr led the team to a convincing win and left his mark on Allegiant Stadium — literally.

Following the Raiders’ 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints, Carr left a special message on one of the walls inside Allegiant Stadium.

Carr completed 28-of-38 passes for 282 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Raiders fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter but battled back to tie things up heading into halftime. They then controlled the second half, and Jon Gruden made a tough decision that paid off in a big way to seal the game.

There was talk for much of last season that Gruden and Carr were on different pages. Despite all that, Gruden stuck with Carr. The coach’s decision has been rewarded thus far, as Carr has completed 73.5 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions through two games.

Derek Carr had funny comment about Jon Gruden’s bold field goal decision

Derek Carr

Derek Carr had a funny comment about Jon Gruden’s bold decision to attempt a long field goal late in the Las Vegas Raiders’ 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

The Raiders were up 31-24 and drove to the New Orleans 36 with 1:05 left. They had a tough choice on fourth down and decided to take a risk. Gruden sent kicker Daniel Carlson out to attempt a 54-yard field goal. If he made the kick, it would have put the Raiders up by two scores and effectively iced the game. If he missed, the Saints would have had the ball near midfield and with a minute left to tie the game.

“That took a lot of you-know-what from Coach Gruden,” Carr said of Gruden’s decision during a postgame interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters after the game.

It certainly did.

Carlson nailed the 54-yard kick with ease, essentially sealing the win.

Although Carlson made the kick look easy, the decision could not have been an easy one. Prior to this season, Carlson’s NFL career-long field goal was 50 yards. He’s made two 54-yarders this season.

The decision took a lot of you-know-what from Gruden, but it paid off for the 2-0 Raiders. Now that they’re off to a good start, we’re guessing the rumors about problems between Carr and Gruden are gone.

Mark Davis gives vote of confidence to Derek Carr

The Las Vegas Raiders signed Marcus Mariota this offseason despite already having Derek Carr, but Mark Davis’ stance on Carr still has not changed.

Speaking with reporters this week, the Raiders owner offered his continued vote of confidence to Carr, the team’s longtime starting quarterback.

“You can’t discount the continuity between Derek and [head coach] Jon [Gruden],” he said, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “The longer they’re together, the more osmosis there is. There’s a legitimacy to all of it. Jon has a trust in him, and [Carr] works hard and he’s very, very smart. I think it’s all positive, but you still have to play the damn game.”

Carr, the three-time Pro Bowler, has been the starter for the Raiders since 2014. He topped 4,000 passing yards last season with an excellent 70.4 completion percentage, but the team still went 7-9, giving Carr a losing record in five of his six seasons as their QB1.

The signing of Mariota only added to the questions about Carr’s hold on the starting job as well as his relationship with Gruden. But Davis is not the only one stressing that all is well with Carr before their first season in Las Vegas.

Derek Carr planning to honor Kobe Bryant with arm sleeve this season

Derek Carr

Derek Carr is a huge Kobe Bryant fan and planning to honor his idol this season.

The Las Vegas Raiders quarterback told reporters on Tuesday that he is planning to wear an arm sleeve this season to honor Kobe, who wore one when he played.

“What would be a cool way to honor Kobe Bryant? He always wore an arm sleeve on his arm. I was like, ‘Well, I can’t wear one on my right arm, so I’ll wear one on my left arm,'” Carr said.

Carr says he even developed a personal relationship with Bryant that influenced him.

“He just meant so much to me. Then, when I got to know him. Then, he followed me on Twitter, that blew my mind. That was the day of my life. Just getting to know him, talk to him, have conversations with him, just what he meant to me as an athlete. The Mamba Mentality is trying to be the best version of yourself every day. I have the big old poster in my office, my weight room now with that Mamba Mentality mantra on it. It’s just a way to honor him, so I’ll wear it all year. The only reason is to honor him and just what he meant to me as a kid growing up.”

Carr grew up in Fresno, Calif., a few hours north of Los Angeles. That was close enough for him to become a huge fan of Bryant, which has carried throughout the years, including during Carr’s professional career.

The 29-year-old quarterback is entering his seventh NFL season. He passed for 21 touchdowns and 8 interceptions last year, but is facing competition at quarterback from Marcus Mariota.