The Oakland Raiders looked poised to make a potential Super Bowl appearance during the 2016 NFL season. The team was first in the AFC West and looked the part of a postseason threat with their deadly passing offense. However, Derek Carr suffered a broken right fibula after being sacked by Trent Cole against the Indianapolis Colts.
Donald Penn remembers the play and admits that he still thinks about it. According to Michael Gehlken of Las Vegas Review-Journal, Penn is determined to protect Carr next season:
“I should have held on (to Cole) and brought him down with me. That play sticks with me. I’m going to try to do whatever I can do better to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. I’ve never gotten a quarterback hurt before in my life since I’ve been playing. None of my quarterbacks ever got hurt. That was the first. That’s something I take pride in, and I’m going to try my hardest to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Penn had slipped while protecting Carr which allowed Cole to break through and sack the quarterback. Penn added that while slipping can happen during a play, it had never happened to him before then. While Carr’s injury ended their Super Bowl dreams early, Penn still believes the team is more than capable of making up for it next season.
Penn, 34, re-signed with the Raiders on a two-year, $14 million deal last year after making his second Pro Bowl appearance. The left tackle originally went undrafted in 2006.