By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 6:52 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders reporteldy are in the process of meeting with veteran defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, according to an ESPN report.
Pryce, 36, has not played since last season, when he wrapped up his 14th NFL season as a member of the New York Jets. He also has played for the Denver Broncos (1997-2005) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-09).
Pryce, 6-feet-5 and 290 pounds, has a well-earned reputation as being stout against the run and able to generate consistent pressure on the quarterback.
The Raiders are interested in both qualities, as they struggle with their production in both areas. The Raiders are 29th against the run — 32nd in average yards per carry.
The fact the Raiders are meeting with Pryce also brings about the prospect that starting end Matt Shaughnessy’s injured shoulder is worse than coach Hue Jackson is letting on.
Shaughnessy has missed all five practices since he got hurt against the New York Jets on Sept. 25. Jackson said Thursday afternoon, without identifying players, that some of the handful of players who missed practice are a “long ways away” from returning to action.
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