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Marcus Mariota replaces injured Derek Carr in Raiders loss to Chargers

Jason Owens
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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr left Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers after suffering a groin injury.

Carr came up limping and clutching his groin after running out of bounds on a third-down play late in the first quarter.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) celebrates after tight end Darren Waller (83) scored a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Marcus Mariota's first drive with the Raiders was a success. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Marcus Mariota takes over, leads TD drive

Backup Marcus Mariota replaced Carr on the next Las Vegas possession with the Chargers leading, 7-3. The Raiders listed Carr as questionable with a groin injury before ruling him out at halftime.

The injury set up a matchup of former Oregon quarterbacks with rookie Justin Herbert leading the Chargers.

Mariota, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NFL draft, had thrown just one NFL pass since the Tennessee Titans benched him for Ryan Tannehill in Week 7 last season. He capped his first drive with the Raiders with a pinpoint 35-yard touchdown pass to tight end Darren Waller.

He finished completing 17 of 28 pass attempts for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 30-27 overtime loss.

Big bonus on the line for Mariota

Mariota is in line for a significant contract bonus by finishing Thursday’s game.

Tough break for Carr

Carr was in the midst of his best season as a pro, completing 68.2 percent of his passes with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions through 13 games. Head coach Jon Gruden called the injury “significant” after the game, but doesn’t think Carr suffered a torn groin.

Thursday’s loss dropped the Raiders to 7-7, leaving them as long shots to make the playoffs.

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