The Oakland Raiders need quarterback Terrelle Pryor on the field as evidenced by the impact he has made on the offense in only three weeks. In the loss to the Denver Broncos, Pryor took a helmet to helmet hit from linebacker Wesley Woodyard that resulted in a concussion. Woodyard has faced no discipline by the NFL for the hit.
Since the game, Pryor has begun the NFL concussion protocol which consists of tests and various stages to clear before he can practice and play. He has not gotten the green light to practice yet, but was able to do light physical activity on the side at practice and attend meetings. After today's practice, he was headed to try and get cleared for practice Thursday.
“He has not been cleared to practice,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Pryor. “As far as the steps are concerned with him, he’s got to go through the protocol. He’s got to be cleared to practice and then cleared to play in the game. We’ll evaluate that as we go through the week and see where he’s at tomorrow and see if he’ll be available this weekend.”
With Pryor recovering, Matt Flynn takes command of the first team offense. Flynn struggled in preseason and was eventually beaten out for the starting quarterback job by Pryor. He will be called upon if Pryor cannot overcome the concussion symptoms in time for Sunday's match-up with the Washington Redskins.
“I thought he had a good practice today,” Allen said of Flynn. “I thought he threw the ball well, both short throws and deep throws. I have all the confidence in the world, as well as the players in the locker room, that if he’s called upon to perform on Sunday that he’ll do the job.”
Two other Raiders players are dealing with concussions. Cornerback Tracy Porter was limited in practice as well as linebacker Sio Moore. Moore missed the Broncos game and Porter left that game. Both have been cleared to practice and have one final step to overcome in order to play.
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