Carr has thrown for 753 yards and 7 touchdowns in 4 games played so far in 2017.
The good news is the Oakland Raiders may not be completely lost for those 2-6 weeks.
One day after crumpling to the turf, Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio announced quarterback Derek Carr has a transverse fracture in his back, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Multiple reports came out shortly after the game regarding the severity of the injury.
Following the game Sunday, Carr said it would take a lot for him to miss Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens. Now, Del Rio said Carr will miss at least two games for Oakland. In a quarter of action against the Broncos he completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards with an interception.
Carr is likely to do the same and try to play missing only one game.
Carr has embraced his role as leader of the Oakland Raiders, and has done an exceptional job, playing MVP caliber football for the most part when he is healthy and on the field. He's not at that level yet - and one has to wonder if he'll be able to reach that level at any point this season, considering the injury - but that doesn't negate the fact that he's vital to the Raiders' success. This team goes as the quarterback goes, and Carr is the only quarterback on the Raiders roster that's now capable of leading a winning team. If the Raiders lose that game, they'll fall to 2-3.
Oakland's offense actually started moving the ball a little more when E.J. Manuel entered the game, but that coincided with a unusual shift in coverage strategy by Joe Woods and the Broncos from man-to-man to some more zone concepts.
A little more than a week after that game, the Raiders travel to first-place Buffalo.
There's no time too soon for Carr to return, but there's no obvious soft landing spot for him in October, either. Carr won't be available for at least one week and possibly not until after the bye, which is November 12.