Raiders' Carr campaigning to play vs. Ravens

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Isaiah J. Downing / USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr is expected to miss two-to-six weeks with a fracture in his back, but the Oakland Raiders quarterback got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and is campaigning to play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

"What all competitors would hopefully do," head coach Jack Del Rio said Friday, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Backup quarterback EJ Manuel has drawn the majority of first-team reps in practice this week and is expected to start in Week 5, but the Ravens aren't convinced Carr will be parked on the bench.

"For some reason, I won't believe it until I don't see him out there," Ravens safety Eric Weddle said, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN. "I know what a competitor he is and he's a tough dude.

"I'll wait to fully commit. I hope he's out there, quite honestly. If he's not, we'll plan accordingly."

Del Rio sounded more inclined to keep his franchise quarterback on the two-to-six-week timeline, making it possible Carr returns for next week's game against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers.