Saints QB Derek Carr is questionable after clearing concussion protocol but feels ready play Sunday vs. Carolina: ‘I’m doing great, that’s for sure’
- Carr suffered his second concussion in three weeks against the Detroit Lions
- The Saints will look to break a three-game losing streak against the Panthers
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The New Orleans Saints announced that quarterback Derek Carr has cleared the concussion protocol but will be listed as questionable on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Carr suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against Detroit after a hit by Lions defenseman Bruce Irvin.
“I've been feeling better, but I'm doing great, that's for sure,” Carr said in a team pool report Friday.
Sunday was Carr's second visit to the concussion protocol this season. On November 12, Carr suffered a concussion against the Minnesota Vikings, which resulted in him being carted off the field. The bye week that followed allowed Carr to recover and play in their next game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Carr has yet to miss a game despite leaving three with injuries. Additionally, Carr admittedly wasn't concerned about back-to-back concussions in a three-week period.
Saints QB Derek Carr is questionable for Sunday's game after clearing the concussion protocol
Carr was forced to leave the Saints' game against the Detroit Lions after a hit by Bruce Irvin
Carr insists he is ready to play despite suffering back-to-back concussions in three weeks
“Our doctors and the non-affiliated doctor said everything was perfect,” Carr said. “They showed me the results compared to things. I don't worry about things like that.
“It didn't feel like the two were even related. So for me sometimes that's just the price of doing business and playing football. So no worries in that area, in the long or short term.'
Carr's shoulder injury from Week 3 and an additional rib injury were both noted on this week's injury report.
Carr is joined on the questionable list by quarterback Taysom Hill with a foot and hand injury and wide receiver Rashid Shaheed, who is dealing with a thigh complication. Wide receiver Chris Olave missed two practices due to the flu.
Carr expressed his willingness to play the Panthers on Sunday as the Saints look to snap a three-game losing streak. New Orleans currently has a 5-7 record and is second in the NFC South.
“Everyone has something broken, whether they're dealing with this or that,” Carr said. “I got my treatment, I did my protocol stuff, but most importantly I made sure I did everything I needed to do to complete my job.”