Raiders' Super Bowl hopes dim as quarterback Carr breaks leg
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[December 26, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - The
Oakland Raiders held on for a 33-25 victory over the Indianapolis
Colts on Saturday at Oakland Coliseum, but the win came at a huge
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who threw three touchdown passes,
left the game in the fourth quarter after breaking his right fibula
on a sack by Colts linebacker Trent Cole.
Carr was carted to the locker room as backup Matt McGloin took over
with the Raiders leading 33-14.
His injury occurred only hours after another quarterback, Marcus
Mariota of the Tennessee Titans, also incurred a fractured fibula.
According to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, Carr will have surgery,
likely Sunday. He almost certainly will miss the postseason.
"It was a good win but a tough setback to have our quarterback go
down like that," a somber Del Rio said.
"Unfortunate. It's obviously is a blow. Teams have to find a way to
pick up and move on. We'll rally around the next guy as best we can.
"Everybody heals differently. We'll see exactly what needs to be
done when they get in there and do it ... I think he's going to be
down a little while."
The Raiders (12-3), who clinched a playoff spot last week for the
first time since 2002, moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Kansas City
Chiefs (10-4) in the AFC West.
The first-place Raiders can win the West and secure a first-round
playoff bye on Sunday if the Chiefs lose to the Denver Broncos or
that game ends in a tie.
The Colts (7-8) were eliminated from playoff contention and will
miss the postseason for the second straight season.
"You work hard all year for opportunities like this, to be able to
get to the dance and see what happens after that," Colts running
back Robert Turbin said. "But to not be in it this year is
definitely disappointing, and it hurts. But that's the league.
That's life. It's hard."
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is tackled by
Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) during the
fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle
Terada-USA TODAY Sports
an MVP contender, completed 20 of 30 passes for 228 yards. He has
thrown for 3,933 yards and 28 touchdowns with six interceptions.
McGloin completed 2 of 3 passes for 29 yards, including a 19-yard
throw to wide receiver Amari Cooper to ice the victory.
"It's a difficult situation because first and foremost he's a very
good friend of mine," McGloin said.
"It's tough to see him go down and him get hurt in a situation like
that. He's been having such an incredible season for himself, and to
see him go down like that was tough. But at the same time I did my
best to try to stay calm, stay focused and do my job out there."
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck completed 19 of 29 passes for 288
yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Frank Gore rushed
for 73 yards on 13 carries, and T.Y. Hilton caught four passes for
"Obviously, we're all very disappointed," Colts coach Chuck Pagano
said. "We had numerous opportunities and numerous chances. It's
hard. Football's hard."
(Editing by Andrew Both)
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