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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is expected to miss 2-6 weeks with a transverse process fracture, head coach Jack Del Rio revealed Monday, according to Field Yates from ESPN.

“It could be as short as two weeks – it could be longer,” Del Rio said during his press conference.

EJ Manuel will start in Carr’s absence. Manuel went 11-of-17 for 106 yards and an interception after taking over for Carr during Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Del Rio tried to remain optimistic, opining that could Carr could return in two weeks, saying, “there’s a real good chance he’ll miss this week,” per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

It was initially believed Carr suffered back spasms, while he reportedly got kneed in the kidney, which merely caused numbness in his legs, according to NFL Network’s Michael Silver.

Del Rio said Carr’s X-rays were “encouraging,” while an MRI on Monday was inconclusive. However, Carr had a CT scan Monday afternoon, which revealed the transverse process fracture.

It’s a devastating development for the Raiders, who have lost their last two games after a 2-0 start and will need to battle for contention in the AFC West.

The Raiders begin their schedule without Carr on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Randy Moss believes he’ll go down as one of the all-time great players in football history, regardless of how long it takes him to obtain a Hall of Fame jacket.

“First ballot or not, I understand what it is, man,” Moss said Thursday, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s a political war, and I was one of those guys who didn’t play (politics), nor do I intend to play into politics. So I know what I stood for. I know what the game is. I gave my all to the game, 14 years through the ups and downs, I still gave my commitment to the National Football League. Like it or not.”

The former wide receiver will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2018. He boasts some of the greatest numbers ever amassed by a wideout, yet the same could be said for Terrell Owens, who was kept out by voters in his first round of eligibility this year.

Moss, like Owens, picked up a reputation early in his career as a poor locker-room presence, and wasn’t always on the greatest of terms with the media. Though, he seemed to turn around his image toward the end of his career.

“All I know is I just played the game to the best of my ability,” Moss said. “I put my mark, I put my stamp, I put my family’s name on football, the National Football League. You can’t get any higher.”

Moss finished his 14-year career ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list in receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards.

Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, Paul Warfield, and Raymond Berry are the only wide receivers who’ve been elected to the Hall on the first ballot.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to being able to start building their proposed stadium in Las Vegas.

Local officials on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a series of permits required for the proposed 65,000-seat stadium.

Officials in Nevada’s Clark County gave the team a year to figure out a solution for parking, which has been a major concern. Per county regulations, the stadium is required to have 16,250 parking spots, but the site selected for the project near the Las Vegas Strip has only about 2,400.

Raiders adviser Don Webb told Clark County commissioners the team is exploring a wide variety of parking options.

The Raiders want to play in Las Vegas starting in 2020. Their ambitious construction timeline for the partly tax-funded $1.9 billion project calls for some site work to begin by December.

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Derek Carr says his decision to place his hand on Oakland Raiders teammate Khalil Mack‘s shoulder during the national anthem Saturday wasn’t a protest but a display of unity intended to promote racial inclusiveness.

“Obviously, we’re not protesting. You know, we’re not doing anything like that,” Carr said after the game, according to Mark Hinog of SBNation. “What we wanted to do is show all the kids that look up to me, look up to him, that white kids, black kids, brown kids, blue, green, doesn’t matter, can all be loving to each other. And that’s what me and Khalil are, we’re best friends and we love one another.

“So, the only reason we did that is to unify people, and to unify the people that look up to us, because obviously, we see what’s going on in the world, and obviously, everyone pays attention to the national anthem nowadays. And so, we just said, ‘Well obviously, this is the best time to do it,’ while still honoring our country, because I love this country more than anything.

“We’re free to live here and play this game, but we’re also free to show each other that we love one another, and I think that that’s the message, and that’s the only message we were trying to get out.”

Mack said he and Carr planned the display beforehand and echoed his pivot’s sentiments about their motivation.

“Different races can get along, you know what I’m saying?” said Mack. “White, black, whatever you are … we can get along and be friends and do all those different things, and just show unity. Show togetherness.”

Carr and Mack entered the league together in 2014, and have not only developed into close friends but are the crux of the Raiders’ revival and future Super Bowl hopes.

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The turf war between the Chargers and Rams – as the franchises compete for the fans of Los Angeles – may be a battle for second place, at least according to Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis.

As the Raiders faced the Rams last weekend, Davis was asked about the two new L.A. clubs’ fight to be the most popular football team in town, but said local fans have instead chosen a third option on the ballot.

“You know, it’s kind of funny,” Davis told Vincent Bonsignore of Los Angeles Daily News. “They’re talking about the fight for Los Angeles. And Raiders fans have been telling me we already won that fight, And that the Rams and Chargers are fighting for the No. 2 and 3 spots …

“I think we already won the battle.”

The Raiders resided in Los Angeles from 1982-94 and left a lasting impression on the area. Davis said that while “Raider Nation” exists all over the world, the fans in Southern California have always been very supportive and that the club wants to keep a strong relationship with the community.

“A good portion (of the Raiders’ fans) have come from Los Angeles and Southern California,” Davis added. “Without stepping on any toes, we’re going to market ourselves in Los Angeles area. And San Diego. We’re reaching out to Raider Nation in Southern California. It’s strong there.”

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack couldn’t have received a more fitting endorsement.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year inked a deal with Mack Trucks on Wednesday, adding to his portfolio.

“Whenever we were on the road when I was younger, I remember my father pointing out the trucks that had Mack on them,” Mack said to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Mack’s name helped draw recognition by the brand, but it wasn’t the lone factor behind the endorsement deal.

“Obviously we share the same name, but what really drew us to him, based on what we had heard, was that we seemed to share the same fundamentally American values of hard work, family, honesty and humility,” John Walsh, Mack’s vice president of global marketing and brand management, said Wednesday.

Mack credited Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green for suggesting the idea.

“He just texted me one day and said, ‘You should do a deal with Mack,'” said Mack.

The NBA’s and NFL’s Defensive Player of the Years teaming up to endorse a truck is all too symmetrical and beautiful, and it’s possible the duo could continue to collaborate on new projects.

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Marshawn Lynch is embarking on a new endeavor as a restaurant owner this summer.

The Raiders running back will be taking over Scend’s Restaurant and Bar, an Oakland-area soul restaurant that’s been around since 1967, following the retirement of longtime owner Cassie Nickelson in August.

“I’m comfortable with him and I like him,” Nickelson, 80, told KTVU.

The two also go way back.

“When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries,” she recalled. “Twenty-five-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger.”