New Orleans Saints starting quarterback Derek Carr has been removed from the injury report and is set to make his return in Sunday’s NFC South clash against the Atlanta Falcons.
Carr, who suffered a concussion during Week 10’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, has successfully navigated the league’s protocol after participating in Wednesday’s practice as a full participant.
“Obviously, we always want to have our starting guy in there. So thankfully he didn’t have to miss a lot of time,” remarked running back Alvin Kamara, expressing the team’s relief at Carr’s speedy recovery.
Carr missed two games with concussion
Since joining the Saints this season, Carr has been a consistent presence on the field, completing nearly 66% of his passes for 2,231 yards, 10 touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Despite being temporarily replaced in two games due to injury, Carr has yet to miss a start, showcasing his resilience and commitment to leading the team.
Coach Dennis Allen provided assurance about Carr’s readiness, stating on Wednesday that the quarterback “looked good” in practice, though awaiting final medical clearance.
NFC South first place up for grabs
With Carr back in the lineup, the Saints are well-prepared for the crucial matchup against the Falcons, where first place in the NFC South is at stake.
The teams, both coming off a bye week, have yet to face each other this season.
Sunday’s game will mark Carr’s first experience of the intense Saints-Falcons rivalry, and his presence is expected to be a pivotal factor as the Saints aim to maintain their lead in the division.
The kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.