Del Rio doesn’t second-guess having Derek Carr in game

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is tackled by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Carr left the game after this play with an injury. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP

The Raiders lost quarterback Derek Carr to a fractured fibula during last Saturday’s game and the injury occurred with the Raiders up 33-14 in the fourth quarter.

That’s led some to wonder if the Raiders, who had already clinched a playoff spot, should have been more cautious about having Carr in a game they led by three scores. Coach Jack Del Rio got a question on that topic during his Monday press conference and said he wasn’t second-guessing himself. Del Rio pointed to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s ability to put up points quickly, something he did to cut the score to 33-25 before the game was over.

“We felt we had to keep the pedal down on that opponent and that quarterback in that game,” Del Rio said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “You’re talking about a team facing elimination. We knew they were going to get everything they had to close the game any way they could. And we were prepared

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