The fact he participated in practice this past week probably says more about Carr's chances of returning against the Chargers than taking any snaps against Baltimore.
I fell a few classes short of my medical degree, meaning all of them, but it seems entirely preposterous that Carr is listed as questionable for Sunday, a week after his spine got all twisted up and he moved around the visiting locker room in Denver like a geriatric patient searching for his walker. Like Carr, all were limited in Friday's practice.
That is because Friday brought some awesome news.
"He's ahead of schedule", said tackle Donald Penn, who is, of course, neither a doctor nor a team trainer. EJ Manuel is expected to start against the Ravens. Despite throwing an interception, and losing a fumble, as well as getting hit all night, he managed to complete 30 of 40 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown. Now with E.J. Manuel under center, Oakland looks to regain some of the magic they had in Week 2. I loved the passes he threw to tight end Jared Cook; Moreover, if he catches one of those touchdown tosses we might have had a different outcome to the game.
MISSING BRANDON: The Ravens will play a third straight game without 340-pound nose tackle Brandon Williams, the force in the middle of the defensive line. Not only are they hosting their second game of the season, but they will also be playing on an all-grass field. Williams is the biggest loss.
Expect for Downing to mix in far more rushing attempts early Sunday, and if the Raiders hope to get their season back on course, they'll need Marshawn Lynch & Co.to find lanes early and often against Baltimore.