Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr left Sunday’s game with a broken leg, a headline sad enough for Raider fans as is, considering Carr’s MVP-caliber performance during Oakland’s best season in 14 years.
It’s also a tale that becomes even more heartbreaking when you assure Carr’s reaction the moment it happens. Footage surfaced on Thursday of Carr being mic’d up for all of Sunday’s game, including the hitting that caused the devastating broken leg.
Skip to 3:21 and for the tackle that set Carr on the bench indefinitely.
“It’s violated! ” Carr shouts repeatedly before getting carted off the field. It’s tough to watch, and hurls a major kink in what’s otherwise been an incredible year in Oakland.
The Raider head into the regular season’s final weekend with a 12 -3 record, and regardless of whether the team wins or loss, 2016 will go down as one of Oakland’s best seasons to date. A win would mean the best record since 1976, and a loss would mean the best record since 2000.
Carr has been an integral part of that success.
The 25 -year-old passed for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns, while only throwing six interceptions in 2016. He’s rejuvenated the career of broad receiver Michael Crabtree, and led the Raiders to their first playoff berth since 2002.
Oakland has a lot to be proud of this season. But Carr’s injury attains the Raiders’ first winning season in 14 years and their Super Bowl aspirations all seem a little too good to be true.