The Las Vegas Raiders made a big change this offseason, opting to move on from starting quarterback Derek Carr. He was released days after the Super Bowl and ended up signing with the New Orleans Saints. In his place, the team brought in someone that general manager Dave Zeigler and head coach Josh McDaniels are familiar with; Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo came to Las Vegas from the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent the last six seasons. The three know each other from their time spent with the New England Patriots, where Zeigler was in the front office and McDaniels shined as an offensive coordinator.
However, did the Raiders acquire some damaged goods? As shared by Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur of The Athletic, Garoppolo is not taking part in the team’s OTAs this week because he is still recovering from the left foot injury that he suffered in Week 13 of the 2022 season against the Miami Dolphins.
“While McDaniels declined to discuss specifics, team and league sources said Garoppolo had surgery in March after signing with the Raiders. His recovery timeline from that procedure is unknown, although McDaniels acknowledged he “could be” out until at least training camp.”
Garoppolo’s original diagnosis for the injury was that he would be sidelined for two months but not require surgery. That was part of the reason why he was pushing to return to the field if the 49ers had advanced to the Super Bowl.
However, upon meeting with the Raiders and undergoing a physical, the injury must have been worse than originally thought. Garoppolo underwent surgery after signing with and being introduced by the Raiders.
“He’s going through his process just like we knew he would,” McDaniels said Thursday. “Nothing has happened that would surprise us based on the information we had.”
While he may be on track, it is certainly concerning that he is going to be missing so much time during the offseason. These practices are a great opportunity for Garoppolo to learn a semi-new offense and get to know his new teammates.
Being sidelined potentially until training camp certainly isn’t ideal, but as long as he is back on the field before the regular season the Raiders will live with it. If there are any complications and Garoppolo’s regular season availability is put in danger, the team’s tune will certainly change.