Derek Carr is expected to be throwing well before training camp begins in July and may take the field before the end of organized team activities, a source close to the Raiders’ quarterback said Thursday.
Carr missed Tuesday’s OTA workout, with Raiders coach Jack Del Rio declining comment as a matter of team policy on player injuries in the offseason. A report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said Carr had a right ring finger injury that could require surgery.
In each of the last two seasons, the Raiders’ presumptive starting quarterback ended up on the bench to start the season, in part because of injuries. Both Matt Flynn in 2013 and Matt Schaub last season went into training camp as starters but lost their jobs when sidelined by elbow tendinitis.
The Mortensen report said that in the event of surgery, the Raiders were “optimistic” Carr would be ready for training camp.
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Carr started all 16 games as a rookie second-round draft pick, completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
“It’s a minor issue, there is no surgery being contemplated and Derek should be throwing soon, maybe before the end of OTAs,” the source said. “He should be throwing at least six weeks before training camp begins.”
It’s not known how long Carr has been sidelined or if he’s had much work with first-round draft pick Amari Cooper or veteran Michael Crabtree, the two wide receivers brought in during the offseason to bolster the passing game.
In Carr’s absence, unrestricted free-agent signing Christian Ponder took the bulk of the first team work, backed up by Matt McGloin. Also on the roster is undrafted free agent Cody Fajardo of Nevada.
The Raiders next organized team activity open to the media is Tuesday, then again the following Tuesday. The team convenes for a mandatory minicamp from June 9-11 and then is off until training camp begins in late July.
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