The Raiders report that Carter will be active for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. It has been nearly 10 months since the former New England Patriot suffered from a torn quadriceps injury last year against the Denver Broncos. The Patriots chose not to bring Carter back, and started the year as a free agent, with very few teams showing interest in him.
The Raiders signed Carter on September 26th, and was inactive for the game against the Denver Broncos. Coming off a bye week, the Raiders will have a chance to see what Carter has to offer in the pass rush.
Carter is in his 12th year, with a total of 494 tackles and 76 sacks in his career. He played defensive end in the Patriots new 4-3 defensive scheme last year, and recorded 10 sacks in 14 games. Now put him next to Richard Seymour on the defensive line, and the Raiders can have one of the best strong side defenses in the league with Phillip Wheeler at linebacker behind him.
The Raiders have three sacks in four games, but they have four forced fumbles. Carter has a career total of 17 forced fumbles in his career. The Raiders have no interceptions this year, which means they produce their turnovers by forcing strips and recovering the ball. The Carter signing will help reduce the rushing yards allowed per game, and the Raiders will need help to shut down Michael Turner.
The Raiders play the Falcons Sunday at 1.