Though the Oakland Raiders were long ago eliminated from playoff contention, Andre Carter is relishing the final few weeks of the season as if it were a championship run.

Just over a year after sustaining a quadriceps injury that could have ended his career, the 33-year-old defensive end thinks he's almost all the way back to the form that earned him his first Pro Bowl selection in 2011.

Carter had a sack and three quarterback hurries in the Raiders' 15-0 victory over Kansas City last week, and has played 70 snaps over the past two games.

What he doesn't have is a contract for next season. Not that Carter seems too concerned about it. At this stage in his career, simply being back on the field and playing is enough.