The Raiders’ Jimmy Garoppolo remains in the concussion protocol

Paul GutierrezESPN staff writerSeptember 27, 2023 at 02:44 PM ET2 min read

HENDERSON, Nev. — Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol, putting his availability for Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Chargers in jeopardy, but coach Josh McDaniels remains hopeful he will play.

The Raiders may have to focus on either 15-year veteran Brian Hoyer, who last earned an NFL start on Oct. 2, 2016, or rookie Aidan O’Connell, a fourth-round pick who has not yet been active in the NFL. . Game.

“You have to get everyone ready to go to meetings,” McDaniels said Wednesday. “We can get injured at any time in training as well, so we treat all our players as if they are going to be ready to play and they have to play. So, it is no different in that regard.

“… We’ll use all our time wisely, have a detailed meeting… and then we’ll go through the week and see where everything lies. But we’ll give the players reps in practice — they usually get reps anyway, to some extent. And obviously it’ll be “A little more, if Jimmy isn’t there today. So, we’ll take it day by day, do our best and then we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Garoppolo suffered a concussion during the Raiders’ 23-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, though he never came out of the game. Post-match evaluation determined injury.

He was sacked four times in the loss, throwing three of his league-leading six interceptions. He took hard hits throughout, including a helmet-to-helmet collision from Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter after which Garoppolo’s head snapped off hard off the grass field.

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The Raiders (1-2) signed the oft-injured Garoppolo, who has missed at least 26 regular-season games since 2018 due to injury, to a three-year, $72.75 million free agent contract this offseason to replace Derrick, a nine-year starter. Carr. Garoppolo (31 years old) underwent surgery on his left foot after signing with Las Vegas last March.

“Like I said, we’ll see how Jimmy progresses during the week. … He’s moving. We’ll see how fast he goes,” McDaniels said.

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