Raiders QB Pryor suffers concussion

Raiders QB Pryor suffers concussion
September 24, 2013, 8:45 am
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Though the Raiders got blown out Monday night against the Denver Broncos, Oakland's young quarterback Terrelle Pryor had surprised much of the NFL with solid play through three games this season.

But Pryor did not finish the game against the Broncos, exiting early after the QB took a hit to the helmet. Following the game, the Raiders confirmed what many feared, Pryor suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter in Denver. 

Emerging as a run-pass threat for the Raiders, Pryor rushed for almost 200 yards in three games to go with more than 600 passing yards, two scores and two interceptions.

With Pryor out, the Raiders turned to Matt Flynn in the waning minutes of the Broncos game. For two seasons now, Flynn entered training camp expecting to be the starting quarterback -- 2012 in Seattle, 2013 in Oakland -- and both times Flynn was beat out in competition by a third round draft pick.

If Pryor does not play against the Redskins next week will likely be a boost for a Washington defense that has been exposed in an 0-3 start. Facing mobile quarterbacks like Michael Vick in the opening loss to the Eagles, or even a less mobile yet still nimble QB like Aaron Rodgers in a loss to Green Bay, has been a struggle for the Skins D.

Responding to a litany of criticism over head injuries to players, the NFL instituted a comprehensive protocol and battery of tests for players to pass after a concussion diagnosis. Pryor will have to undergo those tests and be medically cleared before he can suit up against the Redskins. This will be a story to follow all week, and may not be determined until close to game time Sunday.