The injury sustained by quarterback Derek Carr in Week 4 might mean the difference between the Oakland Raiders’ making or missing the playoffs.
In the third quarter of the team’s matchup with the Denver Broncos and their fearsome front seven, Carr suffered a back injury on a sack with the team down by nine. Without Carr the rest of the way, a comeback wasn’t in the cards. Carr then missed Week 5, which saw the E.J. Manuel-led Raiders fall 30-17 to the mediocre Baltimore Ravens.
According to Miko Grimes, the outspoken wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, the Raiders offensive line let Derek Carr get hurt in Week 4 due to a dispute over the national anthem protests.
“The reason Derek Carr got injured is because the Raiders offensive line allowed him to get injured because he was against them protesting. They had a fight in the locker room before that (Week 3) Monday night game with the Redskins,”Grimes told The Breakfast Club.
She claimed that “the offensive line let him get cracked a couple times” intentionally.
“That’s the only all-black offensive line in the NFL is the Raiders,” she added. “… When the whole offensive line said they were going to kneel, he was like, ‘No, you’re not kneeling. This is America, you’re going to stand for the flag.'”
Here’s the play in question.
On Tuesday, left tackle Donald Penn, a man not to be messed with, shot down the assertion on Twitter.
It’s crazy how people will make up lies and tell a story so false and untrue 2 get them some attention I️ hope it was worth it all lies😭😂😭😂😭
— Donald Penn (@DPENN70) November 7, 2017
Reporter Scott Winter backed Penn up.
I was there in that locker room after the DC game, and I can attest 100% to what Mr Penn is saying. Heard Zero about what she said.
— Scott Winter (@Scott_WinterNFL) November 7, 2017
The Raiders are 4-5, and 4-3 in games in which Carr started and finished.