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Derek Carr injures hand in Raiders' loss to Bengals

The Raiders might have suffered more of a loss than just on the scoreboard during their 33-13 season-opening setback to the Bengals.

Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carrinjured his hand during the second quarter of Sunday's game and did not return. Coach Jack Del Rio told the media after the game that the X-rays on Carr's hand were negative. 

Carr had completed seven passes for 61 yards before leaving the game. Matt McGloin replaced him at quarterback on the Raiders' ensuing two drives to close the half and stayed in the rest of the game.

The Raiders -- and the Around The NFL staff  -- were very optimistic in the offseason about Carr taking the next step in his development.

Here's what else we took from the Bengals' win:

  1. While A.J. Green was the one who got a massive contract extension this week from the Bengals, it was Tyler Eifert who earned his keep on Sunday. The third-year tight end matched his career total with two touchdowns against the Raiders and set a career-high with nine receptions and 104 receiving yards.

After missing nearly all of last year with an elbow injury he suffered in Week 1, Eifert will be welcomed back to the Bengals' rotation as a much-needed red zone threat for Cincinnati and the perennially criticized Andy Dalton.

  1. Ah, Raiders quarterbacks. You never fail to underwhelm. Carr left the game early and, while the X-rays on his hand were negative, he couldn't return. McGloin played just well enough (23-of-31 passing, 142 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT) to keep the Raiders from completely falling apart in the second half.
  1. While Del Rio's Raiders coaching debut, on both sides of the ball, was notably miserable, Amari Cooper did show some burst that he flashed in the preseason. He only played one half with his starting quarterback, but on one short route from Carr, he broke the ankles of one poor Bengals defender and turned a small play into a team-long 24-yard gain. It may be a tall task for the rookie, but the Raiders will need Cooper to pick up the slack to make Carr, and maybe McGloin, look like a bona fide starter.
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