His fibula isn’t the only broken bone Derek Carr is dealing with.
The Raiders quarterback finally admitted Tuesday, during a radio appearance on 95.7 The Game, that he actually broke his right pinkie finger in a Nov. 27 win against the Carolina Panthers.
“There was a little fracture in it. There was,” Carr said during an interview with Raiders play-by-play announcer Greg Papa. “There was a whole bunch going on with that thing. But I can bend it now. It’s getting there.”
Carr missed only one series, never missed a practice and played in the next four games after injuring the pinkie, which was reported at the time as a dislocation.
That injury, of course, became secondary when Carr broke his right fibula in the fourth quarter on Christmas Eve against the Indianapolis Colts, an injury that ended his season.
“It’s a scary feeling,” Carr said. “I’ve rolled ankles and torn ligaments in my ankles and things like that. To have something break ... it was a very weird feeling. It felt like everything got silent.”
Carr said the immediate pain was pretty significant, but eventually it calmed down and he knew he had to be tough for his wife and kids.
“I had peace,” Carr said. “I knew that I was going to be OK. I knew that everything was going to be alright. I just knew that there was going to be a hill to climb and I’m always down for a challenge.”
As for the play in which he got hurt, Carr said that in hindsight he would’ve gone down as soon as Colts linebacker Trent Cole wrapped up his legs.
“Nothing bad happened until I tried to fight for more,” Carr said. “But that’s who I am. That’s just in me. This game is tough some times. Those kind of things are going to happen.
“I don’t want to say I’d do something different, but obviously I wish I did. Being in a boot isn’t too fun and being in crutches, that’s not too fun.”
What was especially not fun was watching Sunday’s 24-6 loss to the Denver Broncos from his couch, he said.
“It ripped my heart out,” said Carr, who followed along with a game plan sent to him by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.
Carr knows well how few practice reps both Matt McGloin and Connor Cook got until last week.
“It’s a tough situation for those guys,” he said. “But I think for the cards they were dealt, they handled it extremely well. I thought Matt did a good job.”