Derek Carr returns in limited role

Raider Nation, don't panic just yet... the sky is no longer falling.

A week ago quarterback Derek Carr was forced to watch the first week of Organized Team Activities with an undisclosed injury. The initial report was that Carr may need surgery on his finger, but Carr’s agent Tim Younger quickly dismissed that and said he would be back by minicamp at the latest.

Carr did make a return to the field on Tuesday, though under a limited capacity. The second-year quarterback still wasn’t throwing the ball, but he did work on handoff drills. Though it wasn’t full-participation, it still shows progress.

“He was able to take some snaps and we’ll bring him along. I think things are progressing,” head coach Jack Del Rio said after practice.

The Oakland Raiders once again had a coaching overhaul in the offseason, forcing the team to learn another system. Carr and the offense are in the process of learning offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s offense, but Del Rio thinks that having an injury early in the offseason is better as there’s more time to recover for Carr.

“I think we’ll take advantage of all the time that we do have and make the most of it where we can,” Del Rio said.

Christian Ponder has become the clear-cut second-string quarterback with Carr out, while Matt McGloin takes on a third-string role.

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