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Connor Cook throws first NFL TD; could start for Raiders with Matt McGloin injured

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Connor Cook has quickly gone from third-string backup to possibly starting an NFL playoff game.

After Derek Carr went down with a broken fibula in the Raiders’ Week 16 win over the Colts, Cook was made the backup behind starter Matt McGloin vs the Broncos in Week 17.

As fate would have it, McGloin suffered a shoulder injury with less than two minutes left in the first half, leaving Cook to take over in his NFL debut after not being active all season.

The former Spartans star went on to complete 14-for-21 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His first NFL score came in the third quarter when he hit Amari Cooper for a 32-yard score:

It was all for not though as Oakland fell 24-6 and now will be the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, which means they’ll play next weekend vs the Texans. Depending on how severe McGloin’s injury is, Cook may very well be starting that Wild Card Round game.

In the postgame press conference, Raiders head coach Del Rio said McGloin’s health would have to be evaluated before any decision on who starts next week in Houston, according to ESPN’s Paul Guiterrez.

As for Cook, it’s been quite a week going from gameday inactive to possibly starting a playoff game.

Whatever happens, good luck to the former Spartan heading into the postseason.