Why was Derek Carr still playing?

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24:  Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders lays on the field after injuring his right leg during their NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Getty Images

In the fourth quarter of Saturday’s blowout win over the Jets, the Patriots pulled starting quarterback Tom Brady. In the fourth quarter of Saturday’s blowout win over the Colts, the Raiders didn’t pull starting quarterback Derek Carr.

You know the rest of the story.

So here’s a question making the rounds in league circles: Why was Carr on the field with a 33-14 lead and 11 minutes left in the game? And why was he throwing the ball and not simply handing off and chewing the clock?

In hindsight, the Raiders surely would have gotten Carr off the field. The question becomes whether Oakland’s misadventure will prompt others to apply foresight before they end up with an injured quarterback, too.

Article source: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/12/26/why-was-derek-carr-still-playing/

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