New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr sustained a concussion and a right shoulder injury in the team’s 27-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Head coach Dennis Allen confirmed that Carr left the game due to a concussion, but did not provide further details. He also stated that Carr will remain the team’s starting quarterback, despite backup Jameis Winston providing a spark for the offense during his relief appearance.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Carr is optimistic about returning to the team after the upcoming bye week.
Carr sustained the injuries in the third quarter after being hit by Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter. He walked off the field and was then taken to the locker room on a cart before being ruled out of the game.
At the time of his exit, the Saints were trailing 27-3. Carr had completed 13 of 18 passes for 110 yards.
Winston replaced Carr and led a successful drive, throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass. This led to a strong comeback attempt, but Winston struggled late in the game, throwing two interceptions.
Despite the loss, the Saints’ main concern is the health of their starting quarterback, who had previously suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3. Additionally, the team also saw injuries to wide receiver Michael Thomas and cornerback Marshon Lattimore by the conclusion of Sunday’s game.
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