The Oakland Raiders will get quarterback Terrelle Pryor back from his concussion this Sunday against their AFC West rival San Diego Chargers. Pryor is now symptom free and will start at quarterback. Matt Flynn, who filled in poorly for Pryor last week, has been surpassed by undrafted rookie Matt McGloin as the back-up.
“I like what Matt brings to the table; I’m talking about McGloin, as far as his competitiveness,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “He’s got some moxie to him. He just understands how to play the game, and I don’t think it’s too big for him. I think he’ll come in, and if he’s called upon to come in and run the offense, I think he’ll come in and do a good job. He’s smart. He throws an accurate ball. He’s got good arm strength. He’s good in decision-making. I like what this kid has to work with.”
Although Pryor will be back this week, the Raiders were very cautious not playing him last week. Everything is easy to say in hindsight, but Pryor believes he could have gone last week. Credit the Raiders for taking safety seriously and caring about Pryor's future, but the move may have cost them a win.
“I definitely could have played, like I told the San Diego news, but the main thing was that the Raiders really wanted to take cautious steps with me,” Pryor said. “I believe we definitely could have beat the Redskins. It’s over with; we’re onto the future, we’re onto the next step. Now we have to have energy and be ready for the Chargers, and we will be. We had a nice long practice today and we were sharp and that’s the main thing at the end of the day. You have to be ready for this next game and move forward.”
Pryor was frustrated and appreciated the decision to sit him last week. This week the Raiders are dealing with more injuries. Running back Darren McFadden was unable to go Wednesday with his hamstring injury. Fullback Marcel Reece participated on a limited basis which was a pleasant surprise as he deals with a knee. Guard Lucas Nix, tackle Menelik Watson, defensive end Jason Hunter, and tackle Tony Pashos were all limited. Safety Tyvon Branch did not practice.
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