Derek Carr underwent successful surgery on Tuesday and while there's no official timeline for his return, he could conceivably be football ready in six to eight weeks.
With that timetable, Carr could be ready in some capacity for the Super Bowl if the Oakland Raiders were to advance.
Matt McGloin will start for the Raiders in the absence of Carr.
The Raiders can clinch the AFC West title and a first-round bye with either a win at Denver on Sunday or a Kansas City loss in San Diego. If the Raiders lose and the Chiefs win, Oakland will open the playoffs at AFC South champion Houston on wild-card weekend.
"We're up for the challenge," Latavius Murray said. "I know Matt is. We're not going to change anything. We're going to go out and execute and do what we do."