Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub was diagnosed Monday with tendinitis in his throwing elbow.
Oakland acquired Schaub from Houston in exchange for a sixth round pick in this past May’s draft.
Schaub, a two-time Pro Bowler who was the league’s premier passer in 2009, has tossed 130 touchdowns, against 84 interceptions, for 24,254 yards since debuting as an Atlanta Falcon in 2004.
Although Schaub remains an adequate signal-caller, Derek Carr will lead the Raiders by October.
The 23-year-old Carr, who Oakland took 36th overall out of Fresno State, inked a four-year deal worth in excess of $5.3 million on May 21.
Carr officially bypassed Matt McGloin as the Raiders’ backup in June and he’s poised to soon supplant Schaub under center.
A two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, David’s younger brother’s athletic, mobile, accurate and blessed with a powerful cannon.
More importantly, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Carr is mature, brimming with testicular fortitude, and loves the sport of football.
Oakland is removed from finishing in the basement of the AFC West and fielding the 24th ranked attack.
Fortunately for Schaub, Carr, and Raiders fans, the organization hired Maurice Jones-Drew to complement Darren McFadden and the duo could create a potent backfield.
With a solid ground game, Schaub is more polished than Carr and readier to direct “America’s Most Wanted” on the gridiron.
However, once Schaub struggles and Oakland’s offensive unit becomes stagnant, Carr will get promoted.
Ultimately, no matter how Matt Schaub recovers or performs, the Derek Carr era is on the cusp of dawning in The Town.by