GREEN BAY, WI – According to coach Dennis Allen, Saints quarterback Derek Carr was taken to a nearby hospital on Sunday for evaluation after hurting his right shoulder in the third quarter of New Orleans’ 18-17 defeat to the Packers.
”They’re performing an assessment, I believe it’s X-rays,” Allen said after the game. “I can’t tell you much more than that.” We’ll let you know when we find out.”
Carr returned home with the squad.
Carr’s injury is the Saints’ eighth quarterback injury in the in five seasons. Drew Brees missed nine games between 2019 and 2020, while Jameis Winston missed the majority of the 2021 season due to a ruptured ACL before damaging his back and foot in 2022.
In addition to Brees, Winston, and Carr due to injuries and COVID-19, the Saints began Teddy Bridgewater, Trevor Siemian, Ian Book, Taysom Hill, and Andy Dalton during that time period.
After Carr was ruled out of the game in the second half, the Saints went to Winston. The Saints led 17-0 when Carr left, but the Packers scored three times in the fourth quarter to win.
Winston completed 10 of 16 passes for 101 yards and drove the team 47 yards to the Green Bay 34 in the last three minutes, but Saints kicker Blake Grupe missed a possible game-winning field goal.
“I think Jameis did a good job filling in,” Allen said. “Overall, I’m just going to say it wasn’t good enough for any of us.”
Carr fell hard on his shoulder after being sacked on third-and-9 with 10:51 remaining in the third quarter. He lay on the ground for a few minutes as sports trainers worked on his shoulder and teammates kneeled alongside him.
“Just seeing him on the ground not wanting to move… of course that was alarming to see,” said Saints wide receiver Rashid Shaheed, who scored on a punt return early in the game.
Carr went to the sideline and entered the medical tent on his own, where team physicians assessed him and swiftly concluded that he would need to leave the game to receive X-rays.
Before the injury, Carr was 13-of-18 for 103 yards and a score.
“He got slammed pretty good,” said Saints tight end Juwan Johnson. “You could tell.” Obviously, it was sad because of the sack, but simply seeing him on the ground, I realized there was something wrong with the power with which he was placed on the ground. “I hope it’s nothing serious; that’s the most important thing.”
Derek Carr leaves the game with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return
If Carr is gone for a lengthy period of time, Winston will reclaim his starting spot for the third consecutive season. Winston agreed take a salary cut to remain with the Saints this season after the team signed Carr to a four-year, $150 million contract in free agency.
“I’m confident in our football team,” Allen said when asked about Winston. “We stumbled today, we learned from it, we’ll get better from it and we’ll keep going.”
Winston replaced an injured Brees in four games in 2020, started seven games in 2021, and started the first three games of last season. He lost his starting spot to Dalton last year as the club decided to rest him to mend his injury.
Winston said that his first reaction after seeing Carr was if he was okay. His second idea was that he needed to get his helmet and get some warm-up time in.