Derek Carr Cleared from Concussion Protocol, Ready to Play for Saints

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Derek Carr Expected to Start After Clearing Concussion Protocol

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr sustained a head injury in Week 10 but has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and is expected to start for the team on Sunday in Week 12. The Saints will face off against the Atlanta Falcons in a crucial NFC South matchup with a potential postseason berth at stake.

With a 5-5 record, the Saints are currently in first place in the division, while the Falcons and Tampa Bay Bucs are tied for second place with a 4-6 record. The Falcons will be looking to end their three-game losing streak when they host the Saints on Sunday.

Carr has had a tough season, sustaining an AC joint injury on his throwing shoulder in Week 3 and being listed as week-to-week with a sprained shoulder. Despite these challenges, Carr did not miss any games. In Week 10, Carr suffered a hard hit in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings and was evaluated for a concussion. He did not return to the game, and backup quarterback Jameis Winston finished the game.

The Saints had a bye in Week 11, giving Carr an extra week to recover. He has now cleared concussion protocol and is set to start against the Falcons. Carr currently has a 5-5 record as a starter with the Saints and has shown promise with a 65.9% completion rate, 2,231 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, and four interceptions.

On the Falcons’ side, quarterback Desmond Ridder has been reinstated as the starter after being benched following a poor performance in Week 7. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is confident in Ridder’s abilities and believes that his best football is yet to come.

Both the Saints and Falcons are vying for a spot in the playoffs, and the odds are in the Saints’ favor according to DraftKings’ updated NFC South futures. The Saints are the betting favorites to win the division, with the Falcons and Bucs trailing behind. The Saints also have a 65% chance to make the playoffs and a 57% chance to win the NFC South, while the Falcons have a 34% chance to advance to the postseason.

The Saints and Falcons will meet again in the final game of the season in Week 18, and with the division race heating up, this matchup is sure to be one to watch.