Pryor cleared, could play vs. Redskins

Pryor cleared, could play vs. Redskins
September 27, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Raiders QB situation makes game plan tougher

There appears to be a chance that the Redskins will have to face Terrelle Pryor on Sunday after all.

After an ESPN report said that he is “unlikely” to play for the Raiders this week, Pryor is listed as questionable on the Oakland injury report after practicing on a limited basis on Friday. The Raiders’ quarterback suffered a concussion late in the game against the Broncos on Monday night.

He was medically cleared to play per the NFL’s protocol but Raiders coach Dennis Allen wants Pryor to clear one more test before giving him the green light to play.

One factor that could complicate Pryor’s prospects for starting is the fact that his practice time has been very limited this week. He was held out on Wednesday and he took only a few reps on Thursday. The Redskins game would be Pryor’s fourth NFL start and Allen could be hesitant to start him with so little preparation. The Raiders could go with backup Matt Flynn even if Pryor is cleared to play.

The Redskins have likely spent this week preparing for both quarterbacks. Pryor is a threat to run (he leads all NFL quarterbacks with 198 yards rushing) while Flynn is more of a pocket passer.

Raiders starting safety Tyvon Branch and backup offensive tackle Menelik Watson are both listed as out for Sunday’s game. In addition to Pryor, starting defensive end Jason Hunter (quad) and backup guard Lucas Nix (ankle) are questionable.