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Allen ‘confident’ Raiders did right by Pryor on Monday night

ALAMEDA — The NFL Players Association wants to find out if the Oakland Raiders followed the NFL’s protocol in the team’s handling of quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s concussion Monday night.
As first reported by Fox Sports, the NFLPA is reviewing the sequence of events that followed a fourth-quarter hit on Pryor by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard. Pryor wasn’t examined for a concussion after the hit and remained in the game for two plays.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen on Wednesday reiterated his stance from a day earlier that the Raiders acted in a responsible manner.
“I feel confident that we followed the protocol and did what we were supposed to do,” Allen said in his news conference. “We all understand the emphasis placed on player safety specifically in this regard. We don’t ever want to put a player out there and put him in danger.”
Pryor did not practice Wednesday. Allen said Pryor still is undergoing tests as outlined in the league-mandated protocol for players that suffered a concussion.
Given cornerback Tracy Porter was cleared to practice Wednesday, even though he also suffered a concussion Monday night, Pryor’s concussion is more severe.
Porter cleared the initial phase of the testing, Allen said. There’s one more phase for Porter to pass before he’s cleared for full contact and to play in a game. Pryor hasn’t passed the initial phase.
“We’re going to follow it and do what we’re supposed to do,” Allen said. “Really, it’s a matter of when the medical personnel feel like he’s fine and he’s cleared to practice and play, then he’ll be out there practicing and playing.”
Pryor has not spoken with the media since his injury, per league rules. Players that suffer concussions aren’t allowed to speak with the media until they are cleared to return to action.
Pryor sent out three Tweets on Tuesday morning that sent mixed signals about his well being.
One said that he didn’t remember much from the Broncos game and had no idea which player hit him on the play in question. On two subsequent Tweets, Pryor said he was doing well and will be ready to go before long.
The NFL said earlier that it believed the Raiders did follow the right procedures after Pryor was injured. Allen said Pryor didn’t exhibit signs of a concussion when he spoke with his quarterback after the play.
“Obviously he took a good shot, they were reviewing the play,” Allen said Tuesday. “Terrelle came over, we were talking about the next play. He didn’t show any signs of any concussion or anything like that. We put him back in the game and then when he came over to the sideline that’s when our medical people took a look at him and decided we needed to send him into the locker room for further evaluation.”
Two plays after the hit and the series was over, Pryor was escorted to the locker room by Raiders medical personnel to get examined. He was later diagnosed with a concussion.

– BANG staffer Jon Becker contributed to this story

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Allen says Raiders preparing for Pryor and Flynn starting for now

ALAMEDA – Quarterback Terrelle Pryor seems intent upon a quick return from the concussion he suffered, based on a series of Tweets he fired off Tuesday morning.
“I’m ready to go,” Pryor said via Twitter. He also said, “I feel great, by the way. Thanks for the concern. Go Raiders!”
Regardless how Pryor feels, he isn’t allowed to practice or play in a game again until he passes the league-mandated protocol for players that suffered a concussion, as Pryor did Monday night late in a 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday that the Raiders will prepare their game plan for the Washington Redskins on Sunday as if Pryor and Matt Flynn are starting.
Pryor’s first Tweet on Tuesday made it sound as if he has a ways to go before he gets cleared by team doctors.
“Sorry about the loss Raider Nation,” Pryor said. “I don’t remember much! Good hit by whoever it was. I heard our team fought well. We will be back.”
Pryor was unavailable for comment Tuesday because he and his teammates received the day off.
The Raiders practice Wednesday. If Pryor hasn’t been cleared by that time, Flynn will get the reps with the first-team offense. He relieved Pryor against the Broncos and made his Raiders regular-season debut.
Pryor got hit in the facemask with the helmet of Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard on a called quarterback run.
Allen said he didn’t see anything illegal about Woodyard’s hit. He also said that the jarring blow won’t affect the play-calling from here on out.
“If you’re going to put him in there, you have to play the game, you have to call the game that gives him the best chance to have success,” Allen said. “I don’t have any problem with what we did. It’s unfortunate that he took the hit. But we have to move on from it.”

– Backup fullback Jamize Olawale on Tuesday underwent an MRI to determine the extent of the ankle injury he suffered against the Broncos. The results won’t be revealed until Wednesday.

– Cornerback Tracy Porter also suffered a concussion against the Broncos. Allen said Porter’s status for the Redskins game is uncertain until he gets cleared by team doctors.

– It was hoped that the switch from a zone-blocking scheme to a power-blocking scheme would help running back Darren McFadden regain the form he showed in 2010 and ’11, when he averaged more than 5 yards per carry.
Yet, through three games this season, not much has changed. He averaged 3.9 yards, a modest improvement over the career-worst 3.3 he posted last season.
“We have to continue to look for ways that we can get Darren the football and get him some space that he can run the ball in,” Allen said.
Allen fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and offensive line coach Frank Pollack, in part, because of their failure to succeed with the zone-blocking scheme.
However, consider that McFadden averaged 27 yards on four of his 19 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 15 but only 1.77 yards on his 44 other carries this season.

– In some ways, the Raiders defense is much improved this season. Yet, there are signs that there’s still plenty of work to do for defensive coordinator Jason Tarver.
Opposing quarterbacks completed 76.5 percent of their passes against the Raiders the first three games, by far the highest figure. Also, quarterbacks own a gaudy 120.0 passer rating.
Fortunately for the Raiders offense, the Redskins aren’t much better right now. Their defense is last with a 120.1 passer rating allowed and 28th in completion percentage at 67.9.

– Allen said tight end David Ausberry got placed on season-ending injured reserve because his shoulder was slow to heal.
“He didn’t progress like we wanted him to,” Allen said. “We were hopeful that he would be able to come back. … We really needed the (roster) spot, so we decided to go ahead and make the move.”

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Pryor sends mixed signals about status

ALAMEDA – Quarterback Terrelle Pryor seems intent upon a quick return from the concussion he suffered, based on a series of Tweets he fired off Tuesday morning.
“I’m ready to go,” Pryor said via Twitter. He also said, “I feel great, by the way. Thanks for the concern. Go Raiders!”
Maybe so, but Pryor isn’t allowed to practice or play in a game again until he passes the league-mandated protocol for players that suffered a concussion, as Pryor did Monday night late in a 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday night that he had “no idea” about the status of Pryor for the Raiders game against the Washington Redskins this Sunday.
At first, Pryor sounded like a man that had a ways to go before he gets cleared by team doctors.
His first Tweet on Tuesday said: “Sorry about the loss Raider Nation. I don’t remember much! Good hit by whoever it was. I heard our team fought well. We will be back.”
There is no media access to players today because they received the day off from Allen.
Allen is scheduled to meet with the media for his weekly news conference at 1 p.m.
The Raiders practice Wednesday. If Pryor hasn’t been cleared by that time, Matt Flynn is expected to get the reps with the first-team offense. He relieved Pryor against the Broncos and made his Raiders regular-season debut.

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