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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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  • Thec

    Sound advice

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Plunk and/or his equipment not making the transition smoothly.
    Blog collective used to be able to handle a list.
    I’ll alphabetize it periodically.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Alright Brahs, me and the ladies are in the Rasta Ganja tour van headed for The Garden. Reservation for 3, like dang hella dang.
    Hopefully when I drop huge diarrhea explosion after the Taste of Tuscany they won’t both barf in the salad bowl.
    Keep your fingers crossed, BroHams. If the Dawg loses his girlfriend Angela he’ll be writing sad songs that say so much.
    WHUT WHUT N THE POOTBUTT

  • MaddenRaider

    I like Pryor and Flynn both. I think Pryor is better but I have Flynn’s back 100%.

  • scinfidel

    What we missed not taking Star.. Not hating on DJ either, I hope he becomes the next CWood! just thought a dominant DT was more important to a bad D

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865587032/Ezekiel-Ansah-Star-Lotulelei-making-big-impacts-early-in-their-NFL-careers.html?pg=2

  • MaddenRaider

    That was me. I used that name because “MaddenRaider” was banned. My own fault for sinking to the level of people attacking me. Learned my lesson. For the past few months I was using the name “MR, Realest of the Real”. It let me use that.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Bull. Names weren’t banned. IP addresses were.

  • 10centsworth

    Just keep your chin on the curb so your minds out of the gutter.

  • MaddenRaider

    Whenever I used MaddenRaider, my comments wouldn’t show up. I’m not going to argue with you about it. It’s irrelevant anyway. Back to football.

  • Papertiger

    You didn’t want to go with “Mr. MaddenRaider”?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Jerry McDonald
    ‏@Jerrymcd

    Pryor doing very little. Stepped in and made one short throw (without helmet) but mostly watching

  • RaidingTexas

    Or MaddenRaider418?

  • Papertiger

    I wonder if they’ll have Pryor simulating throws with Tyler Wilson. Imaginary football!

  • scinfidel

    Who else gets the feeling that DA and RM want to have a good excuse to tell Mark that TP can’t play and they get a chance to showcase ‘their’ guy? If that’s what’s happening, I hope both DA and RM are GONE!!

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

    sounds like Pryor is “limited” today. If he has a full practice tomorrow, he will start on Sunday

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Yo, whatever happened to Albert Bigelow Puss? One of the original members of the Dawg’s Minion Krew. Any of you see that dork let him know I still gots love for his ability to take a good beat down (Dawg Style)

  • 10centsworth

    The guy has a concussion. Get that? Pounder your ponder.

  • Papertiger

    No, you see if he went with Mr. Madden Raider the it would be a nice redundancy based on the intials, as in MR : MaddenRaider or DR : Doctor Robert.

  • scinfidel

    Yesterday he even said it was minor and he felt great… I hope I’m wrong too, I hope DA and RM make the best combo ever but I’m just trying to read this objectively.

  • seymour bush

    You got lots of love for all kinds of dudes don’t you?

  • 10centsworth

    Objectively, huh.

  • Al_istheRaiders

    exactly what i am thinking…

  • willy91137

    well I guess I’m on the blog I don’t know how I got here but I got here

  • seymour bush

    I would be highly surprised if Pryor is a go on Sunday.

  • KoolKell

    If you’re going to respond to that fool, why don’t you do it directly so the rest of us don’t have t be bothered?

  • 10centsworth

    Is you bush, or just admirers of da dawgs line of thought that got you the quick downs? curious.

  • scinfidel

    For sure. Like I said I hope I’m wrong but you gotta look at how it makes them look. If Flynn came in and lit it up, then their trade and decision to name Flynn a starter so fast looks good. Who knows, maybe Flynn is a game-day guy and does light it up… I don’t care, I just want to see Raider victories!

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

    Good to see you Willy!

  • willy91137

    if Flynn starts and wins the game the quarterback controversy is on

  • 10centsworth

    Ok. Just remarking on your created dialogue. Hardly “objective”. I gotta believe they want Pryor to be All Pro. This year.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    All Right, Willy! Glad you made it.

  • bcz24

    There is no such thing as a minor concussion. Facts are facts, if he hasn’t passed the NFL mandated concussion protocol, he cant work. Period.

  • stormbringerSS

    FIRE freckles – pryor SUCKS

  • RaidingTexas

    New post

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hope he knows how to read the replies.
    Aw, he’s pretty sharp. He’ll figure it out.

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

    You know nothing as you are ignorant. Do not put words in peoples mouths it is why you are called a Troll in here by everyone.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Olson has to get more creative with this offense, I wanna see more shifts, I wanna see ford lined up in the backfield then run a route out the backfield, I wanna see more fake reverses then run a reverse, I wanna see dmac throwing a pass to Pryor, I wanna see Reece lined up at TE. We have too many dynamic players to be so ordinary I’ve seen enough wr screens to last a lifetime. LET’S GO OLSON.

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

    More like you are dry humping Flynn’s back!

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

    You and I know that but he has to find some dummies to believe his lies.

  • scinfidel

    Created dialogue or hypothesis? Why would you doubt whether it’s not objective? i’d say you being unable to concede that could be a reality questions your objectivity… Like I said, I’m sick of losing, sick of staff turnover, sick of our franchise looking like a joke.. I hope our management in place becomes upper echelon but so far(draft choices, trades, personnel decisions) they don’t look like it. I will say this, if we are to allow TP to mature as a QB I say we allow RM and DA to mature into their roles too.

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

    You have no ground to argue. Your entire life is based on lies.

  • RealTruRaider

    I doubt it, skins defense is record setting horrible, I expect whichever QB starts to have a good game, but no way do I think they will change course and go with Flynn if/when he has a good game this weekend

  • scinfidel

    Both are new and growing into their positions.. I’m comfortable with both. We have 40% of our salary cap going to players who aren’t on our team.

  • 10centsworth

    Hmm, seems like you came up with a scenario and then demanded they be fired. Never mind, you dwell.

  • RealTruRaider

    Well he did find this place so…………….

  • Jon Train

    Not sure what u r asking.
    If ur wondering if I’ve gone by a different handle on here then no. Been Jon Train always.

  • 0ak R8rs

    You’re ridiculous. There is no conspiracy theory against Pryor. Why would a coach want to lose? And lose his job? Makes no sense.
    Thanks,

    Matthew C. Rader
    570.718.0220
    http://www.redfrognetworks.com

  • RealTruRaider

    lol, Reggie won’t get fired because of Pryor, it will be because of the QB’s he signed….Flynn/Wilson

  • scinfidel

    No, the one complaint I really have with DA and RM is I don’t think they have ever given much love to TP.It might or might not have any merit and like you said if he becomes an All-Pro, they look good and probably keep their jobs. I just want them to really embrace him and publicly say “TP is OUR guy” if he’s the starter, that’s my expectation. He’s played up to it so far, exceeding my expectations in 3 games.

  • raider_39

    this is a hit & miss business. too much factors to make it an exact science for any position. they wont get caught up in these sentiments. im sure everyone in the building is happy we got Flynn with TP being questionable.

    one can also give them cred for not dumping Pryor before the season.