Raiders’ Jimmy Garoppolo leaves victory over Patriots

Raiders' Jimmy Garoppolo leaves victory over Patriots
Source: ESPN

More than an hour after the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 on Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo’s locker was still crammed with his personal belongings.

The Raiders quarterback left the game in an ambulance at halftime to be examined at the hospital for what was said to be a back injury.

Nevertheless, when the Raiders won their second straight game to climb to 3-3, his presence was felt strongly in the locker room. After replacing Garoppolo in the second half, veteran backup Brian Hoyer, who has 15 years of experience, led the team to win and set up Las Vegas to play the Chicago Bears (1-5) on the road next.

Josh McDaniels, the coach of the Raiders, stated that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had left the stadium but did not provide an update on his status.

“They’re just doing tests,” McDaniels stated, “and just making sure they take care of all that stuff.”

According to a source who spoke with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “precautionary tests” were actually conducted in order to “err on the side of caution.”

Even though Hoyer did a good job leading the Raiders’ offense—he completed 6 of 10 passes for 102 yards, including the team’s longest play from scrimmage this season, a 48-yard deep pass to rookie Tre Tucker—the Raiders’ loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4 was led by rookie Aidan O’Connell because Garoppolo was sidelined with a concussion.

There are many unanswered questions, and McDaniels wasn’t prepared to name a quarterback for the upcoming game.

“There’s a lot of balls up in the air right now relative to Jimmy and that whole situation, and we’ll just see — have a little patience here for ourselves, and see what the report is going to be,” McDaniels stated. “Like everyone else, I’m definitely wishing for the best.

“We’ll find out more and then, obviously, try to make the best decision we can for the team.”

With a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jakobi Meyers and 14 of 22 passes for 162 yards, Garoppolo guided the Raiders to a 13-3 halftime lead. However, he was also intercepted for the sixth time this season when he was hit hard on a slant pass and the ball deflected off Davante Adams.

Even though Garoppolo was clearly in discomfort, he continued to play in the game during the Raiders’ last possession of the half.

“It’s sad whenever you see, especially a leader in the locker room, get hurt or go through injuries, but it’s also part of the game, man,” stated Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who amassed a season-high 77 yards of rushes on 25 carries.

“I mean, we’re praying for him; we’re hoping he can get back as soon as he can. But we hope that the next guy is ready to step up too.”

Maxx Crosby, an edge rusher for the Raiders, said he was unaware that Garoppolo wouldn’t be back until the close of the second half.

“For us, as a defense, we talk about it, but we want to be the reason we win the game — and no matter what, obviously, Jimmy’s our brother,” said Crosby, who shared the game-sealing sack for safety with defensive tackle Bilal Nichols with less than two minutes to play. “We’re praying for him, and hopefully he’s all good, but yeah, you’ve got to go out there and go win. So, it’s as simple as that. We went out there, and we did that, so we’re excited about it.”

Hoyer, who had played his previous three campaigns with New England, was essential to the Raiders’ success, though.

even though Raiders supporters did not exactly welcome him with open arms at Allegiant Stadium.

Regarding Hoyer, Jacobs remarked, “It was kind of crazy to hear the fans boo him and s—.” However, he bombed them and silenced them when he appeared there.

“I think he played good, man. He’s obviously a veteran quarterback. He knows this system a lot, and he came in [and] played pretty poised to me.”

Hoyer claimed he had to catch up because he hadn’t even taken a snap from center Andre James in three weeks.

It also helped to play the team he signed with in 2009, for which he has spent portions of eight seasons, particularly on the long pass to Tucker.

“Having been there,” I know that on third downs, they often try to take away your best players, which for us would be Davante and Jakobi,” Hoyer remarked. And we were really focused on that.

Hoyer said he trusted Tucker, saw the coverage, and launched the deep ball.

Hoyer believed he didn’t need to press plays because of the way the Raiders’ defense was performing, he added.

Hoyer stated you have to be prepared at all times. You never know.

I’m fifteen years old. I’ve witnessed almost every scenario, and ultimately, it all boils down to playing football. I have definitely played in this offensive for a long time, regardless of the circumstances.

McDaniels shared his thoughts on the QB predicament.

In general, I hope to see a healthy quarterback room, and I felt Jimmy was doing some good things, obviously, prior to getting hit or twisted.

“So, we’ll just patiently see what this is going to be, and we’ll make the best decision we can.”

Credits: ESPN

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