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Del Rio anticipates Carr to return on Sunday, hopes to have Conley back in ‘near future’

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Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio expects his starting quarterback to be active on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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ALAMEDA — A day after Jack Del Rio hinted that Derek Carr would return for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders head coach reiterated that stance during his Monday afternoon news conference.

“I anticipate he’ll be ready to go,” Del Rio said when asked about the quarterback who’s mending a transverse process fracture in his back. “He was pushing pretty hard last week.”

Conley’s time line remains TBD

When the Raiders will have rookie cornerback Gareon Conley back in the lineup remains less certain.

The rookie, who’s appeared in only two games and hasn’t played since Sept. 24 at Washington, is simply dealing with too much pain in his shin.

“There’s a certain amount of pain that’s involved that keeps him from doing what he needs to do,” Del Rio said. “And when that is under control and he’s able to go, we look forward to having him.”

Asked if he views the situation as a long-term issue, Del Rio admitted Conley’s shin injury, which has slowed the No. 24 overall pick since the summer, has already reached that point.

“Well, it’s going a long term,” Del Rio said. “I would hope that it would be resolved at some time in the near future, but this is an issue that we’re doing the best we can to manage.”

‘I don’t think that’s anything we want to be a part of’

Del Rio said he’s yet to see the video of Donald Penn confronting a fan in the parking lot following Sunday’s loss, but he was none too pleased with the left tackle’s decision making.

“I don’t think that’s anything we want to be part of,” Del Rio said. “I think we want to concentrate on playing good football on the field [and] respect[ing] the fans.”

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‘We just missed him a couple times’

While Del Rio had yet to watch the video of Penn, he had spent plenty of time studying the film from the setback to the Baltimore Ravens.

One of his observations was that Amari Cooper, who has tallied 13 receptions through five games, was wide-open on at least five occasions.

“He was doing his part to create space and opportunity for the quarterback,” Del Rio said, noting that not all plays are designed to find Cooper. “We just missed him a couple times.”

Beaten in the ‘trenches’

Amid his film study, Del Rio determined that Baltimore bossed around the Raiders’ offensive and defensive lines.

“I thought they were better than us in the trenches,” Del Rio said. “I thought they were a little more physical yesterday, which is unusual.”

Rookie suspended four games

Defensive lineman Darius Latham will serve a four-game suspension after violating the league’s program and policy for substances of
abuse.

“It’s unfortunate,” Del Rio said. “He’ll do the things he needs to do to get himself back.”

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