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Pryor feels ‘great,’ might start Sunday if he passes non-mandatory test

ALAMEDA – Starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been medically cleared for full contact and to play again, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Friday. However, Pryor has to pass one final concussion-related test before Allen signs off on Pryor’s return to game action.
Pryor did far more at practice Friday than he did at any point this week. As a result, Allen said, the Raiders want to see how he responds to the increased workload the day after.
“It’s not something that has to be done,” Allen said. “It’s something that we want to do to make sure. I want to make sure we’re making the right decision for this kid.”
Pryor passed the series of league-mandated tests before Friday’s practice. If he passes the non-mandatory test Saturday, there’s a strong chance that he will start against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Allen said.
“I feel great,” Pryor said about 30 minutes after practice ended. “I was told, today I took my final test in the morning and passed. It was an impact test, and that was probably the hardest one.”
Well, he still has the additional test the Raiders are throwing at him as a “precautionary” measure, in Allen’s words. Pryor didn’t know about the added test until asked about it.
He said he feels as if he is 100 percent healthy. Just the same, he is appreciative of the Raiders regard for his safety and well being.
“That just shows they take care their players … ,” Pryor said. “That sounds wonderful that they’re looking at (another test). At the end of the day, prevention is definitely more key than trying to jump from one game” to the next.
Allen said he isn’t going to make a definitive announcement for competitive reasons. But he made it sound as if there’s a realistic chance of Pryor starting ahead of Matt Flynn.
“We haven’t made that decision,” Allen said. “The biggest thing is, I like where he’s at. I like where he’s at mentally. Medically, we’re going to continue to evaluate him. He’s cleared medically. We want to get one more evaluation on him tomorrow to see how he responded. But, he’s making a lot of progress.”
Pryor took a few snaps and wore a helmet at Thursday’s practice, according to Allen. However, Pryor did not wear a helmet and attempted only one pass during the media access.
Most coaches are hesitant to start a quarterback who hasn’t practiced much the week before the game. Allen’s history puts him in this camp. Therefore, it was imperative that Pryor get in some practice time.
Allen is comfortable with Flynn or Pryor starting, given Pryor started the first three games this season and Flynn got the bulk of the reps with the first-team offense in practice this week.
In the end, the Raiders are taking an abundance of caution and making sure that Pryor isn’t at risk of further injury.
“I’m going to make the right decision based on his health and make sure we do the right thing for him,” Allen said.

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  • jumpnjiminy

    What a pessimist…sheesh!

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    He’s probably the Dr who told Reggie, Flynn’s arm was fine.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    absolutely agree with you. I was optimistically hoping for more restraint from Raider fan.

  • Raider_Riff

    3 offensive systems in 3 years does more damange than “learning” to a young QB.

    Combine that with minimal reps in practice and it’s like he was out of football for 3 years.

    Reps matter. Especially for Pryor. A guy who is evolving into a true dual threat QB.

    If you dont think reps matter, and you think that having to learn a new system every year is easy, then I cant help you.

  • nolimits3333

    Hopefully our defensive backs know who they are supposed to cover this week.
    Tarver outsmarted himself last week.

  • Raider_Riff

    “Raider Fan” and restraint dont really go well together.

    Now, “Raider Fan” and “restraints”. Well, most Raider fans are well aquainted with being in restraints. haha.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    If anything, our DBs should be well rested after taking last week off…

  • 24

    For longevity and curiosity reasons, I would start Flynn.

    I say start Flynn, see how the 1st quarter goes. If things aren’t going well, put Pryor in the rest of the game. If things go well, keep Flynn in there and let Pryor heal another week. It saves Pryor and it gives more work for our backup to be ready in case this happens again.

    I’d rather have 2 QB’s ready than 1 and giving some playtime to Flynn will do that and also help Pryor. Plus, based on all of our conversations about the line and the QB etc…I just want to see how well they can protect Flynn and how different we look.

  • Raider_Riff

    The problem with that is reps.

    This isnt Madden/XBox

    Starting QBs want the vast majority of the reps in practice to get the timing down. Learn the gameplan, etc.

    Neither of these guys are veterans that can just be plugged in. You have to commit to one or the other.

  • 24

    I don’t disagree with that but based on what you’ve said, Flynn has the majority of the reps with the 1st team this week. Let him start.

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

    communication wasn’t the issue. There weren’t any missed/blown assignments. I didn’t see finger pointing. We just couldn’t execute the gameplan. poor coverage. poor tackling. Kevin Burnett has got beat for a TD by a TE every game so far.

  • 24

    I think the Ravens and Giants outsmarted themselves again Manning as well and I think the next 13 teams will do the same as well.

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    That would be just Wed and Thurs though, I think Pryor got them today.

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

    terrible idea to throw Pryor in when we’re down by double digits and the Redskins can just blitz every down and tee off on him!!

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Wish Tarver’d relegate Woodsoon to the TE’s and allow Burnett to blitz…he’s awful in space.

  • Raider_Riff

    Giants are built (from a scheme standpoint) to beat teams like the Broncos.

    But I dont think the Giants have the horses to do it anymore.

  • RaidO

    P. Manning killed the Raiders with his “slant game”.. Did you see all those slants? Tarver did not know what to do

  • the soulful dr robert

    especially when he can’t pass to help us come back. this is why he sucks.

  • Raider_Riff

    Exactly. Like the Giants, we just dont have the talent to pull off Tarver’s mad scientist plans.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Really? I think either Flynn or McGloin could get at least a field goal on the board.
    And not great news for Pryor…sad that all the fans and coaches think about is whatever it takes to win…including rushing a dude with a concussion back on the field…sad

  • 24

    Why? Wodson is our best Free Safety since Rod Woodson. H3ll no!

  • JOn Wooah

    Charles woodson doesnt want FLYNN to start

  • Raider_Riff

    Wed is mostly a film day usually. The gameplan isnt installed until Thurs on a short week.

  • 24

    Sad but true…not until next year ;) . Just give us cap space baby!

  • JOn Wooah

    lol they just said on NFL network.. Not even the Redskins have to prepare for FLYNN lol wow

  • the soulful dr robert

    liar

  • 24

    Maybe it is a terrible idea. Ok then…just start Flynn and rest Pryor. Period!

  • Raider_Riff

    Thurs & more importantly, Friday are the important days. That is when the gameplan is installed.

    But considering how young Pyror is, Im inclined to agree with you.

    Every day matters with this kid. And we arent talking about a twisted ankle. We are talking about a injury that affects his judgement and wit on the field. Too important to ignore.

  • 24

    I’m just thinking, he’s young and his brain just got scrambled. He’s not going to play differently and he’s going to take more hits. With that being said, let him rest another week so he can last the full season.

  • the soulful dr robert

    pryor = 1-3

    LOSER

  • 24

    The soulful?

  • Al_istheRaiders

    im starting the boos early if flynn is out there…

  • the soulful dr robert

    the Pryor Brigade is afraid of Flynn. it’s obvious.

  • the soulful dr robert

    of course. ur not a raiders fan.

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

    gotta wonder if the Skins will try to do that as well with Moss & Garcon? it’s a copycat league. “we’re gonna keep it coming until you prove you can stop it”

  • Raider_Riff

    Agreed.

    I just dont buy the whole “mild” concussion BS.

    He was out cold motionless for a few. Let him rest.

  • Al_istheRaiders

    realist…

  • 24

    Nobody knows what to do. Welker, Orange Julius, D Thomas, Eric Decker…I mean Jesus…who’s gonna stop that?

  • the soulful dr robert

    yeah. think Curtis Mayfield. Superfly baby.

  • 24

    While Griffin is talented…he’s just not Manning.

  • 24

    Why? Why did the Broncos have to get a QB that I like and respect. Mother F#^#$^#$

  • Raider_Riff

    “Thumbs up” this post if you think Dr Roberta is NOT a Raider fan.

  • the soulful dr robert

    Flynn to Win

  • 24

    How did you change your handle? You can do that?

  • Raider_Riff

    He’s been doing it for months.

    It’s called having multiple accounts.

  • the soulful dr robert

    because i LIKE a Raider qb and WANT them to be GOOD?

    ur an idiot. go to the corner.

  • 24

    But if Flynn starts, dr robert is technically a Raider fan. Just sayin.

  • 24

    But he has 358 comments on this handle…

  • the soulful dr robert

    u click on ur handle and go to profile. change ur name and save.

    ur username stays the same but ur handle is changed.

    when u refresh, all of ur posts go to ur new handle.

  • Raider_Riff

    …per hour