Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden sparked some anxiety among the Raider Nation on Monday when he said he was “concerned” about the health of quarterback Derek Carr ahead of the home game. Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
However, on Wednesday Gruden allayed fan panic by announcing that Carr, an early NFL MVP contender, has trained fully on Wednesday and is “ready to play” against Miami.
Gruden also said rookie right tackle Alex Leatherwood has been training hard, which is a strong sign he should be able to play against Miami. The first-round pick did not play in the second half in Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a back injury.
In the negative injury news, running back Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle), left guard Richie Incognito (calf) and security guards Dallin Leavitt (concussion) and Roderic Teamer (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. . On Monday, Gruden said Jacobs, who missed the Pittsburgh game, was highly questionable to play on Sunday. Incognito has not played this season.
#Raiders trainer Jon Gruden: Leatherwood also FULL. But Jacobs, Leavitt, and Incognito did not practice today.
– Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) September 22, 2021
The positive news from Carr is not entirely unexpected. While Gruden said on Monday that he was worried and that Carr was questionable about playing in Week 3, he said he was hopeful Carr would play. Carr finished the Steelers game and looked strong, so this good news was the expected result.
UPDATE: The full injury report has been released:
#Raiders who did not train today: G Richie Incognito (calf), RB Josh Jacobs (ankle), S Dallin Leavitt (concussion) & S Roderic Teamer (ankle).
LB Nick Kwiatkoski (concussion), DE Carl Nassib (pectoral / toe), DE Yannick Ngakoue (hammy) & DT Darius Philon (knee) were limited.
– Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) September 22, 2021