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Redskins-Raiders underway . . .

The Raiders won the toss and deferred their decision until the second half.
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Posted on Sunday, September 29th, 2013
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It’s official: Pryor inactive

Terrelle Pryor was declared inactive Sunday six days after sustaining a concussion against the Denver Broncos.
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Posted on Sunday, September 29th, 2013
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It’s Pryor .. . no, it’s Flynn

If Dennis Allen’s aim was to confuse the issue of his starting quarterback for the sake of a “competitive advantage” he’s done a heck of a job.
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Posted on Sunday, September 29th, 2013
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Sanford, Crawford in line for playing time Sunday

ALAMEDA — Left defensive end Jason Hunter missed all three practices this week with a sore quadriceps. Even so, coach Dennis Allen is leaving open the possibility of Hunter healing well enough to give it a go against the Washington Redskins. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013
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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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Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013
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Live chat: Oakland Raiders vs. Washington Redskins, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Join NFL writer Steve Corkran for a live chat as the Oakland Raiders host Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.

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Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013
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Pryor practicing, showing no obvious signs of concussion

ALAMEDA – Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is at practice Friday, and he is doing far more than he did at any point this week while he recovered from a concussion. Therefore, there’s still a chance that he will start against the Washington Redskins.

Pryor took a few snaps and wore a helmet at Thursday’s practice, according to coach Dennis Allen. However, Pryor did not wear a helmet and attempted only one pass during the media window.

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. The Raiders host the Redskins on Sunday.

Still, it remains to be seen whether Allen goes with Matt Flynn or Pryor. He said Wednesday that he likely won’t make an announcement beforehand, meaning people might not know until Sunday morning.

Pryor started the Raiders first three games this season. Flynn’s lone snaps came at the end of the Raiders-Broncos game in which Pryor suffered a concussion.

Allen will speak with the media shortly after noon today, at which time he is expected to provide an update on Pryor’s status.

Pryor said Wednesday that he is confident that he could perform well in a game without much, if any, practice time.

Just the same, he added, it’s hard enough to succeed taking all the reps with the first-team offense, let alone missing significant time in practice.

“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.”

Pryor has started four games during his NFL career, including all three of the Raiders games this season.

As for the legality of the hit that concussed Pryor, the league said today that it won’t fine Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard for his helmet-to-facemask hit, according to a Fox Sports report.

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Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013
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Good luck making sense of concussions

So NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league’s protocol regarding concussions served its purpose with regard to Terrelle Pryor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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Pryor, Griffin a cautionary tale on running QBs

What could have shaped up as a battle between two of the NFL’s most gifted athletes is instead a cautionary tale on the perils of being a quarterback that runs the ball.
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Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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Pryor on field, but not doing much

Terrelle Pryor was on the field with his teammates but doing very little Thursday during the media window at Raiders practice.
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Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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