Bruce Irvin praises Carr’s toughness: ‘He disregards his body’

It hasn't taken long for Derek Carr to prove his toughness to his teammates - on both sides of the ball.

While most quarterbacks are typically viewed as more-delicate humans by defensive players, Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin has been more than impressed with his quarterback, especially after returning from his gruesome pinky injury last week.

"You see a guy who is going to leave it out there for his guys. He disregards his body and puts us first," Irvin, who is in his first season with the Raiders, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. "That's what you want in your quarterback. I don't know what happened to his finger, but when I (saw) it on ESPN, it didn't look good.

"Derek is a really tough guy and like I said, he comes to work every day. One thing about him, he comes to work and he's going to give it his all. I'm just happy he's leading our team and I'm glad to be here with him."

In his third season as a pro, Carr has quickly taken a strong leadership role with the Raiders, staying close with fellow 2014 draft pick Khalil Mack as well as other defensive players, like Irvin.

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A photo posted by Bruce Irvin (@bruceirvin51) on Nov 17, 2016 at 7:03pm PST

Carr is fully expected to play this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, likely sporting a protective glove on his throwing hand.

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