Derek Carr exited the New Orleans Saints’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, leaving a 27-3 deficit behind. So it’s no wonder that Dennis Allen faced questions about the quarterback situation afterwards when Jameis Winston stepped into the lineup and led multiple scoring drives in the 27-19 defeat.
“We’re not in a competition there,” Allen said after the game. “Derek Carr is our starting quarterback.”
Winston ended the day going 13-of-25 for 122 yards with two touchdown passes and two interceptions, plus a sack; Carr went 13-of-18 for 110 yards with two sacks prior to his injury. Allen was complimentary of Winston’s effort but made it clear he won’t be challenging Carr for the starting job.
Carr left the game with a concussion and injured throwing shoulder; Allen declined to elaborate on his status in his postgame press conference. It’s a good thing the Saints have their bye week coming up, giving Carr more time to heal up, but it remains to be seen how long he’ll be out of action. He was injured earlier this season when he suffered an AC joint sprain in that same right shoulder. Keep an eye out for updates on his status.