What, Derek Carr worry about a transverse process fracture?

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Updated: October 12, 2017

7:00 AM ET

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Derek Carr was playing coy … even if all signs point to him actually, you know, playing for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Playing two weeks after he suffered a transverse process fracture in his back against the Denver Broncos, a week after sitting out the Raiders’ 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

“We’ll see,” Carr said with a grin. “I was ready to play last week, in my head. I think that’s how I always think. We’ll let coach make that decision. My job is to show up every day. Nothing changes for us … my job doesn’t change. I just have to go out there and practice hard, show him that I’m ready.”

“You know, I think anytime you take a hit like that there’s always a chance for anything,” Carr said. “That’s the risk that we take every time we take the field. It’s a violent game that we play. More violent than people realize just watching on TV.”

Carr said you could also break a finger, or an ankle.

Those were two injuries he suffered last year, and about what he commiserated with older brother David, the No. 1 pick of the 2002 NFL draft.

“I knew it hurt really bad,” Carr said of his back. “I’ll be honest with you, it hurt so bad that I was like, ‘I kind of hope it’s something rather than a muscle. I hope my pain tolerance is a little better than that,’ and sure enough, it was.

“When I first hurt it, I was shocked. First of all, I didn’t even know what [a transverse process] was, I think like a lot of people. My brother actually did the same thing. It’s good to have a big brother that has broke his back also.”

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