ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders are relieved Derek Carr probably won't miss any time after bruising his hand while stiff-arming Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones last Sunday.
Now, they want to make sure he doesn't do it again. Consensus: slide next time to run.
"That's what we always have to work through," Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said. "We'll take the opinion of the trainer and the player and the coaches and make a good decision for the football team … You play, you play hard, you learn from your experiences and you grow."
Carr admitted in the heat of the moment, it's difficult to not continuing to compete for yardage, but he knows it's what he has to do moving forward.
"In the spur of the moment, especially where we were at, we needed a first down. We needed something," Carr said. "Just like my teammates said, they loved why I did it but don't do it again. It's hard to draw that line. I know I have to be smart for the team's sake. Just get down and we'll live to play the next play, instead of not being able to come back. I learned from it, that's for sure."
Added receiver Rod Streater with a smile: "We love how he plays, but he has to slide."