Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Back Injury Sidelines Carr for at Least Two Weeks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Back Injury Sidelines Carr for at Least Two Weeks

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Carr out at least 2 weeks because of a back injury

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will be sidelined two to six weeks with a broken bone in his back, an injury he suffered Sunday in a 16-10 loss to Denver.

"It's always a big blow to lose a good player, a key player and your quarterback," Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said Monday. "The good news is he's not gone for the year. We'll get him back. It could be as short as two weeks, it could be longer. We'll see. We'll deal with that as it goes."

Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and the Panthers' Cam Newton had similar injuries in 2014 and missed only one game each.

This is the second significant injury Carr has suffered in less than 10 months. He had a broken leg in the second-to-last game of the regular season in 2016, and Oakland struggled thereafter with Matt McGloin and Connor Cook starting.

The Raiders hope they are better equipped to handle the absence this year with E.J. Manuel at quarterback. Manuel, a first-round pick in Buffalo in 2013, completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards after Carr was hurt.

Meanwhile, Del Rio is hopeful receiver Michael Crabtree can return this week from a chest injury.

Mariota out indefinitely * Titans coach Mike Mularkey said that quarterback Marcus Mariota is day to day after an MRI showed he has a strained hamstring. Mularkey compared the injury to what running back DeMarco Murray had. It kept the Pro Bowler out of a couple of practices but not a game.

"Again, we're going to take it day by day with Marcus, make sure we're smart with it," Mularkey said.

Mariota, who ran for two touchdowns, aggravated his hamstring in the first half of the Titans' 57-14 loss to the Texans. Mariota currently has a passer rating of 79.8 with three touchdown passes and three interceptions. Mariota was intercepted twice by the Texans, the second coming after he hurt his hamstring.

The Titans visit Miami next Sunday, and Mularkey said backup Matt Cassel will get as much work in practice as possible. Cassel was four of 10 passing with two interceptions after replacing Mariota.

Bears' Trubisky to start * The Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try. Team officials said Trubisky, the No. 2 draft pick this year, will start against the Vikings next Monday night. It's hardly a surprise that the Bears (1-3) will go with Trubisky considering how badly Mike Glennon has struggled.

He has been intercepted five times and three lost fumbles. He got picked off twice, lost a fumble on a sack and had another snap ricochet off his knee for a lost fumble in Thursday's 35-14 loss at Green Bay.

The Bears had envisioned this as sort of a redshirt season for Trubisky. He started only 13 games at North Carolina and worked primarily out of the shotgun in a spread offense with few similarities to Chicago's scheme. …

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