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Pryor feels ‘great,’ suffered ‘mild’ concussion

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 3:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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).

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    he meant Palmer supporters!

  • 2romes

    I am with you regarding your earlier post that Dennis Allen did not come to Pryor defense at the time of the hit nor did he lobby for his QB after he was asked about it.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Just wanted to be sure. LOL

  • R8drinOK

    Mistic is a ‘black QB’ fan… not a true Raider fan. True fans do not pay attention to skin color they only see Raiders.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    YO YO WIGGITY WHAAAAAT?
    What’s crackin’, blog dorks? The Big Dawg is barkin’ (Woof, Woof & Meow) so you know it’s time to wake n bake.
    Brahs, today is gonna be fully epic. Taking my sweet babycakes Angela to Olive Garden for lunch and a sensual make out session.
    She doesn’t know yet about the horribly massive diarrhea explosions the Dawg drops in the bathroom, so this will be a true test of our love.
    If she runs away crying, my only recourse is Hallmark cards and a lot of tears – ’cause this is true love, word
    SHOUT OUT TO DEEEZ NUTZ

  • KoolKell

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    RaiderRockstar • 12 minutes ago −
    Mistic won’t support Flynn until he turns himself black, which is to say … NEVER
    ————————————–
    There’s many more of “you people” who feel just the opposite.

    So let it go.

  • 10centsworth

    Good suggestion. Let this be point A. We are Raiders.

  • RealTruRaider

    *Peeks around the corner and slowly backs out of blog*

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Hey Old Troll, when are you going to choose a suitable Avatar? There are plenty of options on google.com, if you just type in “Overweight Realtor with big dump in drawers”

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Up/Down buttons just a popularity contest. Although supposedly if you click the ‘newest’ button and select ‘best’ it will sort them by ‘popularity’.
    Flag’s ultimate usefulness, I’ve no idea.

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx

    What ever happened to that Sullivan44 dude???

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    why all the hate towards Kell? he’s a lovable guy – like Bernie Mac was

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    he’s still around. [see MR/Dr Robert/Alex7]

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Thought you said you were a newbie facebook transplant?
    Apparantly not.

  • 10centsworth

    This “race” thing. CityWalk, in Universal in LA, was dominated by gangs on Fri and Sat nites. An oasis? the Raider Image. When they walked in there and started looking up at those jerseys…they were just kids. The crap ended at the front door. Just sayin’…

  • marks hair

    any word on tps head?

  • RealTruRaider

    Kell’s Kool

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    never mind….I was going to be sarcastic.

  • scinfidel

    I don’t think it was a crappy play, it was a read option and TP made the wrong read.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    If Flynn starts I will root for him to play well and The Raiders to win. If Pryor starts I will root for him to play well and The Raiders to win. With both starting tackles out and both starting guards out, I think Pryor has the better chance of playing well because of his scrambling ability. If Flynn plays, he needs to have a quick release.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    My favorite QB’s are Black… and Silver.

  • 2romes

    It just seems like the Raiders running backs gets nailed before getting to the line of scrimmage the most. They need to stop trying to hit that same spot over and over again. It bogs down the offense. They have to find another successful running play that is going to move the defensive to set up the run up the middle. The up the middle with a one yard gain are wasted plays

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    i’m not a fan of the R/O. designed runs for your starting QB = bad idea = concussion(s)

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    que the cheese police. that one was original (sarcasm)

  • RealTruRaider

    My favorites are Silver….and Black

  • The Big Banana

    Lol at you guys

  • RaidingTexas

    It’s still attached as far as I know.

  • 10centsworth

    Not wanting to state the obvious, but Stabler was/is the best leader/qb the Raiders ever had. Yet…take a moment to check out his offensive line. HOFers and All Pros most of his career. Manhandlers with brains. But again, Stabler. EVERY player on that team, defense included, looked to him as their leader.

  • Al_istheRaiders

    sure he did…other coaches would take their players side…harbaugh does…

  • RaidingTexas

    TP is on the field at practice, but not wearing a helmet.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Are you assassin32?

  • scinfidel

    Huge mistakes by the management of this squad so far.
    1. Not giving TP the starting rep/role much sooner and squandering all those snaps.
    2. DJ over Star… Star looks awesome so far
    3. Wasting 2 of this years choices on scrub/substitute QB’s
    4. Currently not really getting behind TP… TP is saying all the right things and has impressed me a lot. DA is ambiguous at best in regards to TP
    I wasn’t a huge TP guy to begin with but I can’t help but like him more and more. He’s a classy dude and says the right things, plus I love that fact that he acknowledges his weaknesses and embraces the fact that he needs to work hi butt off.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Brahs, some crazy shizz is goin’ down at the Beeeech Pad! Just got back with some killer chronic and found my girlfriend Angela lezzing out in the jacuzzi with a wasted stripper! Turned on a little Toad the Wet Sprocket to enhance the mood, then slowly let the Lawg fall out of these here swim trunks.
    Of course both hizzies saw it and immediately orgazimed, which made the Lawg spray mayonnaise sauce everywhere.
    Then I realized I gots to take both ho’s to Olive Garden. Guess the joke in on the Dawg, huh bros

  • 10centsworth

    The joke is on the neighbor next door that owns the jacuzzi. They let you park the pinto on the street?

  • MaddenRaider

    We’re beating Washington convincingly with Pryor or Flynn.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Please do not say “we” you are not a fan.

  • RaidingTexas

    Well, even the fans are not going to be the ones who beat Washington.

  • RealTruRaider

    I didn’t know the 49ers were playing Washington………………

  • 10centsworth

    As incentive, I want to ruin the day of every politician in DC, in their luxury boxes. I’ll bet Feinstein roots for the ‘skins.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Good point.

  • RealTruRaider

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd2m
    Menelik Watson working hard doing agility drills

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Nerd said what?
    Brahs, speaking of my hip hop lyrics (getting a lot of requests for them), I’ll go clean off the Lawg with a beach towel, smoke a J, then drop some knowledge on the blog. Y’all get set to get fizzle on mo drizzle

  • LTR

    I’m worried the D is going to make Wash look like SB contenders. I think we can win with Flynn, but if Pryor goes I think we blow them out.

  • 10centsworth

    I’m too cool to be cool.

  • RaidingTexas

    Plunk, do you have the semi-pro predictions going yet for this week?

  • RealTruRaider

    OAKLAND RAIDERS ‏@RAIDERS1m
    Yes, WR @rodstreater80 caught this… pic.twitter.com/mc2VlLvOVc

  • scinfidel

    Tarver was scared to death to blitz Manning, which he won’t hesitate to do to RGIII…Also, Denver goes 4-5 deep on Good WR/TE’s where Washington is limited. I’m more worried about Morris

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Jerry McDonald
    ‏@Jerrymcd

    Menelik Watson working hard doing agility drills

  • scinfidel

    Agreed!! I’m sure the read-option will get much buried a lot deeper in the playbook as TP develops as a passer and gets better at reading progressions. He needs to use those legs to scramble and allow receivers to get open, not get killed in the open field.

  • MaddenRaider

    We know you’re not a fan if Pryor’s playing.