Pryor feels ‘great,’ suffered ‘mild’ concussion


ALAMEDA — Quarterback Terrelle Pryor said Wednesday that he feels “great” and that he is making solid progress toward being able to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
Pryor suffered a concussion against the Denver Broncos on Monday night, and he missed practice today because he hasn’t been cleared by team doctors, as is mandated by the league’s concussion protocol.
He said he intends to take another test today. If he passes that test, he will be allowed to practice Thursday.
For now, Matt Flynn is taking first-team reps and the Raiders are preparing to go that direction until further notice.
Pryor said the concussion he suffered is his first one. He said he was team doctors told him that he suffered a “mild” one “because I’m doing very well. They said I’m taking very good steps towards being able to play.”
Then again, Pryor said, he needs some practice time before he’s able to play Sunday.
“I’m not Peyton (Manning),” Pryor said. “I do need experience. It’s definitely what I lack. I need experience. I need more time with my guys. That’s what I’ve lacked this whole season, starting from the first game. So who am I to say that I can do that, but I’m going to pray, pray to God that I can and I can lead the team if I’m healthy to do it. I need experience. Who am I to say I don’t need practice, because I do.”
Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard delivered the helmet-to-facemask hit on Pryor late in the game. Allen said he didn’t see anything wrong with the hit. Pryor had quite a different take.
“I thought it was helmet-to-helmet,” Pryor said. “He should get fined, definitely. I don’t really have any other, any more comment about it. I felt it was an illegal hit.”
As for Pryor’s mixed-signals Tweets on Tuesday, he said he started to remember what happened in Monday’s game soon after he awakened.

— Flynn on Wednesday gave his first extensive interview since he lost the starting job to Pryor. He spoke briefly after the Broncos game but steered clear of talking about anything other than that game.
On Wednesday, he said he is preparing to start Sunday and making sure he is ready to play, even if he isn’t the starter, just as he does every week.
And if he gets the nod Sunday, Flynn said he will be trying to help the Raiders win the game and not out there to prove his critics wrong.
“I’m not going to try to prove anything,” Flynn said. “If I did get the chance to play. then I’m going to play the best I can. I’m going to go out and lay it on the line and try to do the things that I can to help this team win. Nothing has shaken my confidence in myself.”
He said he leaned on family, friends and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to help him deal with losing the starting job during training camp.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said last week that he felt as if Flynn’s sore right arm “betrayed” him and played into the decision to go with Pryor.
Flynn said he’s just trying to learn from the experience, which also happened to him last season when the Seattle Seahawks bypassed Flynn for rookie Russell Wilson.
“I don’t think it even needs to be said I was disappointed,” Flynn said. “For sure. I prepared the best I could and things didn’t work out. It’s not my decision to make, it’s not my job to make those kinds of decisions. It’s something that you try to learn from. I can promise you it hasn’t shaken my confidence. I still believe I can be a really good player it’s just one of those things to learn from and just keep preparing because you never know.”

— Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden missed a handful of tackles against the Broncos and was beaten by Broncos receivers more than once.
Hayden wasn’t alone in those categories, to be sure. Allen said it’s just a sure sign that Hayden isn’t a polished product yet, even though Hayden was selected in the first round of the NFL draft in April.
“He’s still learning,” Allen said. “He still has a long way to go. I like the talent. I like the ability, but he has the ability to succeed, but I’d like to see him be more aggressive. As things begin to come his way and he starts to make some plays, you’ll see that confidence and that aggressive nature will come out a little bit more. You see it at times, but my challenge for him is to have confidence and be more aggressive as a football player.”

— Third-year wide receiver Denarius Moore shined against the Broncos on Monday night. For a rare time of late, he showed some of the skills that made him such a revelation his rookie season.
The next step is putting together a string of good games and finding the kind of consistency that defines a top-tier receiver, Allen said.
“It would be huge for his confidence, for the confidence of this football team,” Allen said. “He’s a guy that we count on, he has playmaking ability and he showed it the other night. Really we’re looking for the consistency of being able to do that on a game in and game out basis.”
Allen said in training camp that he wanted to see Moore or another player step up and seize the mantle of No. 1 receiver. It sounds as if Allen thinks Moore is capable of being that guy.
“He’s a good football player and he’s going to continue to develop, he’s going to continue to get better,” Allen said. “I’m not worried about Denarius Moore, when you look up at the end of the year you’re going to say he made a lot of good plays for us.”

— Here’s the practice report from Wednesday:
Did not participate — strong safety Tyvon Branch (leg), Jason Hunter (quadriceps), Pryor and offensive tackle Menelik Watson;
Limited — linebacker Sio Moore (concussion), guard Lucas Nix (ankle), fullback Jamize Olawale (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion).


Steve Corkran

  • 2romes


  • Thec

    Yep, and so far do not see an flynn bashing or saying he sucks this or wont do that…

  • PlunkforHOF

    About half the time I log on here, the comments are in a different font/format and there is no way to comment. Anyone else experiencing this?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Interesting note.

    pryor has played two straight games without a turn over. that is excellent form a guy after only his fourth nfl start and reason to be very excited!!

    by contrast in carson palmers rather forgettable 24 games as a raider HE NEVER HAD BACK TO BACK TURN OVER FREE WEEKS!!!

    Pryor is an instant upgrade over palmer and flynn

    Thanks Al / mark davis

  • Thec

    Yeah i had been studying BO’s a while back and wanted to revisit.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Lobbied hard for the same at first to no avail.
    Lost cause.
    Sorry about replying!

  • When Jeff George was our QB I supported him and that had to be one of the lowest moments of being a Raider fan. Pryor is doing a great job not turning the ball over and he is growing into the roll.

  • HGDaddy

    Christopher Hansen ‏@ChrisHansenNFL
    Great sign for the Raiders was that Moore played well on Monday. Take away his big play and still played better than previous 2 games.

  • this format is sweet, arrow down, flag and collapse. I havnt had to read one single word MysDick has written since launch, life is good in blog town.

  • Its so difficult just figuring out what you want to trade. Luckily for me I fell in love with the FOREX. Binary Options sounds like a lot of work let me know what you learn I am always looking to learn more about the market

  • hwnrdr

    Thanks Plunk! ANd yup…see you at the Pitt game!

  • Back-N-Black

    If they give him a decent o-line and 1 top tier WR he can be special. Still needs to work on accuracy, but I really like what I’ve seen so far.

  • RaidingTexas

    Yeah but with the replies, you don’t need all that copy and paste so that everyone knows who you’re responding to.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not me. What OS/device/browser you using.
    Seem to remember you being a Mac guy.

  • RaidingTexas

    You’ll also want to make use of those when that beeech idiot shows up.

  • I tried last night to ignore the nurse but it was all over the blog like a bad rash commenting on everyone’s thread…..We will get it figured out!

  • 2romes

    The Raiders have bigger problems to worry about. The problem of half back blow up before he gets to the line of scrimmage. Also, the inch by inch running back game plan they install.

  • Back-N-Black

    I really believe a big part of this is the o-line.

  • 10centsworth

    Guys like J George are bewildering. I saw him in one college game and a pro game where you would have bet the house this guy was gonna be a HOFer. He was throwing the ball 50 yds on a line. I also refer to the famous situation where Al Davis convinced Noll to keep Bradshaw.

  • nice avatar, Purvis! #code_llama

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    yet you are compelled to mention me.

  • 10centsworth

    It WOULD be interesting if Flynn lights up the scoreboard. Actually…hope it happens. Not against Pryor…just a Raider.

  • Mistic – who are you rooting for this weekend if Pryor isn’t allowed to play? Raiders or Redskins?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Jim Brown also explained how Holmgren disrespected Brown when he took over in 2010.

    “Mike is not from Cleveland. I’m a Cleveland Brown,” he said. “So he gave me a choice of taking three dollars and doing a little dancing for him out there. I said, ‘Mr. Holmgren, I’m sorry … I don’t dance … become a mascot type of guy.’ And I cracked up but I wrote him a letter. And I stated those things, and I had a little humor with it because I knew ultimately I would probably be back because Cleveland is my home.

    this ladies and gentlemen is why i love Jim brown, they simply dont make athletes with his kind of principal and integrity, in the so called post racial era. I wish more athletes would be more concerned with setting examples for the community rather than the pay check endorsement or being seen as a non threatening marketable brand, that lives bleeds and dies for the nfl or team logo

  • 10centsworth

    Be careful on this “mob” think, guys. Don’t get crazy with the down button just because you don’t think someone is part of the “in” crowd. Just saying some on here think this blog belongs to them. Not RAIDER thinking, IMHO.

  • R8drinOK

    I hope Pryor is healthy enough to play but If Flynn starts Sunday….anyone who roots for the guy to fail is simply not a true Raider fan. Just win baby

  • Al_istheRaiders

    eff DA sticking up for woodyard snd not pryor…thats a chavalla for you….

  • Funny how no one knew how hard AL went after Elway until recently.

  • 10centsworth

    You got a point, but if I may. They got a right to do as they will, including burning themselves out in two years. You can lump Jim Brown wherever YOU want…but the fact is, he was the supreme individual. He ruffled many a feather in the establishment. Still does.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Major Spots. Still working on a good one of Jedidiah, the Silver and Black llama.

  • DA didn’t “stick up” for anybody. He just said it was a clean/legal hit – and it was. What i’m not impressed with is defending that crappy playcall by Olson!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    I dont think any one is ‘rooting for flynn to fail”. I will speak for myself and say that i fully expect him to fail, because he stinks on ice! The redskins have an awful defense but RG3 and the boys will put up scores in bunches and flynch will need to match the out put to keep us in the game. Dmac wont be a factor if we get down by 10 points or more.

    flynch and our o line vs kerrigan and orakpo will not be a good match up for the raiders

    we have no chance with flynch, and this is simply being honest

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    no disagreement here

  • Mistic won’t support Flynn until he turns himself black, which is to say … NEVER

  • 10centsworth

    One of the factors that MADE the NFL merge with the AFL was they went after throwing QBs…led by Al Davis. He knew the fans were getting tired of “3 yds and a cloud of dust” football. Elway was his idea of a prototype QB.

  • Keep us updated.

  • RaidingTexas

    Many teams have O-line problems but are still able to move the ball on the ground. There just isn’t even close to 160 good OL players in the NFL. It’s a league-wide problem. You just need the type of back that accelerates quickly, can cut on a dime, and doesn’t go down at first contact.

  • Last year he rooted for Cam Newton to beat us when we played Carolina (understand he hated Palmer but DAMN)

  • 2romes

    Thanks for the info. I am just finding out what the Up and down buttons are used for. I my have press those buttons a few times not knowing what they were good for.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That’s funny. Maybe worse than a rash.

    Festering pustule?

  • RaidingTexas

    He even offered Elway a cheerleader for his services.

  • KoolKell

    If you people could only put race aside for a couple of seconds……………..

  • Who are you calling “you people?”

  • Yes or a boil!

  • LMAO he did marry a Raiderette

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist


  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Krappy, shouldn’t you be busy begging your wife for some free international travel?

  • Elway also had a fast 40 time for a QB LOL

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    what is meant by “support’?

    why inject skin color into the conversation?

    flynn is simply not very good

  • he meant Palmer supporters!