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Pryor kept extent of injury to himself

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Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor admits he wasn’t completely forthcoming last week regarding his right knee sprain and was a spectator Wednesday while backup Matt McGloin took snaps with the first team offense.

“It was the competitive nature in myself,’’ Pryor said. “I was thinking, I can go out, I’ve just got to do this. I can go sit in the pocket.’ It fired back against me. I didn’t want to let my teammates down.’’

Coach Dennis Allen said Pryor would be monitored during the week and if unable to play, McGloin would become the Raiders third starting quarterback of the season after Pryor and the departed Matt Flynn.

“We’ll monitor Terrelle as he goes through the week and see how he’s feeling as the week goes on,’’ Allen said.

After not letting on regarding his knee last week, Pryor wasn’t making any bold predictions about facing the Texans Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

“It’s up to the training staff and D.A.,’’ Pryor said. “However he feels about the situation, that’s on him. And, obviously, myself, how I feel.’’

Pryor was 11 of 26 passes for 122 yards, one touchdown and an interception that Terrelle Thomas returned 65 yards to set up the go-ahead touchdown as the New York Giants beat the Raiders 24-20.

In his first four games, Pryor never completed less than 62.4 percent of his passes in any game, had games with passer ratings of 112.4 and 135.7 and had four touchdown passes and two interceptions.

In the last four games, Pryor hasn’t completed more than 53.7 percent of his passes in any game and has one touchdown pass and eight interceptions.

Pryor said he is no less confident in his ability.

“I think I still bring excitement. I think I make people’s eyes go wide on plays,’’ Pryor said. “I’m not too worried about a loss of confidence at all. It’s just a learned lesson and you try to put your head down and keep digging.’’

McGloin, the undrafted free agent out of Penn State, played late in a 49-20 loss to Philadelphia after Pryor twisted his knee on a scramble, completing 7 of 15 passes for 87yards.

A McGloin start would take the read option series out of play and give the Raiders an offense similar to what they anticipated during training camp until Flynn floundered and Pryor won the job.

McGloin was encouraged by the way the offense responded Wednesday.

“We’re obviously two different quarterbacks,’’ McGloin said. “Terrelle can do a lot of great things. I obviously don’t have the running ability he has, but I bring some good things to the table. I was proud of the way our offense handled me being in there for the first time.’’

– There are reinforcements on the way for the injury-wracked offensive line in the form of tackles Tony Pashos and Jared Veldheer, although perhaps not right way.

Pashos, out for the last four games with a hip injury, was limited in practice. Veldheer, who had triceps surgery late in training camp, put the pads on and began a 21-day clock during which time he can be taken of the injured reserve designated for return list and placed on the 53-man roster.

Allen said Pashos was limited, but did get some first team reps and “if he’s totally healthy you could see him in there.’’

Pashos said he participated only in the walkthrough “and some individual stuff’’ and couldn’t speculate on his availability.

“I’m happy to be out there and not in the training room,’’ Pashos said.

Whether it’s Pashos or rookie rookie Menelik Watson, the right tackle will have his hands full with Houston left end J.J. Watt. Watt, last season’s NFL Defensive player of the Year, had two forced fumbles and recoveries in a 27-24 loss to Arizona and has sacks in each of his last four games.

Veldheer’s progress will be monitored closely and Allen wouldn’t speculate when he could actually play in a game.

“Hopefully, it will be soon,’’ Allen said.

– Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and cornerback DJ Hayden (groin) were working with athletic trainers before heading inside once practice began.

Others who did not participate in included strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (ribs), wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs) and tackle Matt McCants (toe).

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  • Rico Stifler

    pryor hasn’t played well and we’re losing… Also, he has never shown much as a passer ever, er either…

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    geez, i just now read tp’s comments–talk about over estimating his worth!

  • the invincible dr robert

    Like I said, the OL and WR are waiting for a good qb, not the other way around.

    Or

    Pryor is making everyone look bad.

  • the invincible dr robert

    Pryor is now part of the Pryor Brigade.

  • KoolKell

    Well we’ll see. When McGloin starts this weekend. Won’t we?

  • Rico Stifler

    You’re right 666.. Look at Raiderville… Crying cuz his hershey kiss isn’t panning out like the #1 pick he was… Wait…. he didn’t have the talent or the passing ability to even be a first or second round pick…. My bad….

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    I agree with this comment 100%….

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    he could always throw the ball, always, even in college

  • HayesDaze37

    Charlie • in 12 hours • 0 0

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    Eventually these guys will realize that the Oline is the heart of the team …/… Kansas City has used 60% of their first and second round picks on LINEMAN SINCE 2006. They add an average Alex Smith and 9-0.
    You would think it would be obvious.
    —————-
    What’s obvious, Charlie, is that you don’t have a clue.
    At what stage has TP2 shown that he is at least “average” by NFL standards? Alex Smith at least had some numbers to back-up the KC hiring.
    The NFL is not junior football. We can’t just hand the ball to the best athlete, and tell him to go win the game. In the NFL, EVERY athlete is great in his own right — even those “fat” boys. TP is a great athlete…but he just can’t throw like an NFL QB for more than a handful of tosses at a time.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    In fairness,I’m assuming Rogers got 2nd string reps which Pryor never got.

    ’till week 17 anyway.

  • Rico Stifler

    I think Aniston has that girl next door sexiness….

  • SnBG

    You’re missing the point because you’re wrapped up in being right. I didn’t say Pryor was a good QB or would even begin to compare him to Rogers.I’m saying a QB needs to play to get better. BTW, Rogers at that time played behind a good Oline. That helps.

  • rudegruden

    So if McGloin sucks, Pryor all of a sudden is good? What if they both suck, is that not an option, because thats probably the case.

    People act like if we had any top 10 quarterback we would still be 3-6, when in fact that is not the case.

    We won 3 despite Pryor, and our D has put us in a position to have 5-6 wins at this point, if our offense wasn’t a joke.

  • Rico Stifler

    After all, that is why he was a Heisman winner and the #1 overall pick…

  • the invincible dr robert

    @VicTafur: Asked Allen again about running ball more vs. Giants given Pryor’s limitations. He said “I don’t second-guess. We had a good plan going in.”

    Great. A coach who won’t learn.

  • plunkhead

    I will take Jennifer in Leprechaun II.

  • KoolKell

    Let’s see what McGloin’s got, ok?

  • SnBG

    OK, we all have our tastes.

  • Charlie

    Rude Gruden/Hayes
    So what you are saying is that Eli and Ben are not very good??? Ridiculous comaprison??? Four Super Bowls between them. Same coach. Good WR’s.
    They are both 3-6.
    Or in 2008 when Brady is out for the year and Hall of Famer Matt Cassel steps in and goes 10-5.
    Why? Football is the ultimate team game and IT ALL STARTS WITH BLOCKING AND TACKLING.
    Palmer 5-4 with Arizona but he sucked in Oakland????
    No Arizona has a better TEAM. Better start building one here.
    IT ALL STARTS WITH THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    yeah, that’s good if one out of five passes doesn ‘t get batted at the line.

  • BOKNOWS

    I’m own with ya doc….ready to see this kids moxie…

  • Rico Stifler

    Really? Like second string reps really makes that much of a difference? He still didn’t take first team reps or even start any games until he became the starter.

  • plunkhead

    Yep, she could hike, cook and paint fences. Some things are more important then others

  • SnBG

    666, now c’mon, the line was a bit better last year. I’ve never seen a Raider line look this bad

  • rudegruden

    What is really disappointing is that there seems to be only two sides of the coin here (well those who post).

    One side will keep defending pryor no matter what even at the risk of us continuing to lose.

    Then one side way to happy pryor sucks for their own agendas.

    We all should be p*ssed. I doubted Pryor being an NFL qb for all the reasons he has shown us this year. Great athlete but not NFL QB ready. I’m not happy i was right, in fact I’m more p*ssed.

    Common sense that blinded raider fans over looked in the last three years.

    2011: Chucky B. F*ck this guy

    2012: Knapp: Don’t get me started on this arrogant POS

    2013: Pryor: We all hoped he would turn out. However, hes just not the solution at QB.

    2014: Allen: yeah I’m calling it the way i see it

    All three were obvious outcomes, but some refuse to ignore the facts.

  • BOKNOWS

    Agreed!

  • the invincible dr robert

    @VicTafur: Will ask offensive coordinator Greg Olson Thursday why #Raiders kept running read-option and nakeds when they saw Pryor was limited.

  • Rico Stifler

    You claim that pryor being a “rookie” is the reason why he is terrible. You also claim that he can learn by playing. he hasn’t even shown that he can play QB. the only thing he has learned is how to run into sacks and how to throw picks.

    And Rodgers OL has always been mediocre, at best. Why else do you think they are always draft OL high?

  • HayesDaze37

    And…SACKS?!?
    TP2 is lucky his own O-Line doesn’t tackle him sometimes. He makes horrible decisions with the ball at an alarmingly high rate. At least 30% of the Sacks this Team has “given-up” are the result of Terrelle holding the ball too long, or doing the wrong thing with it while under pressure.
    All the athleticism and talent in the world means nothing if it doesn’t translate into NFL-quality QB thinking and playmaking.
    Terrelle’s got all kinds of playmaking ability. I’m not alone in saying I don’t want to suffer through another 3-years of mediocrity at QB, just to finally admit TP2′s never going to be a very good QB.
    The Raiders make the Playoffs again when the Raiders have a very good-to-great QB again. And not a season sooner.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Been reluctant to float this theory, but maybe the coaching staff is being handcuffed to TP by Mark Davis and without asking him to do too much have decided to ask him to kind of be a QB. Being fairly certain he’d sink, not swim, and once the grand experiment(and meddling) was over, they’d still get their shot with a better option.

  • rudegruden

    You keep going back to wins. I’m not refuting that. Wins are a team game.

    However, Pryor is probably the least performing qb in the league, there is no excuse for that.

  • BOKNOWS

    I don’t think anyone on here can dispute that, had Pryor moved to WR the day he arrived….he might rival megatron by now….

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    man, this comment is awfully revealing, egads…

  • r8ter4evr

    So Harbaugh coached whiners are 32 on passing and we are. 31 just heard that on 95.7 still kappy has proven to be a big time passer Crabtree is missed great QBs can succeed with avg WRs avg QBs need a TOP WR FACT

  • rudegruden

    Well played

  • KoolKell

    6 different Oline’s to start the Season and the Sacks are Pryors fault?

  • SnBG

    Jollie would never be caught dead doing those things. She’s glam personified. With her everything would come to you with the snap of her finger

  • BOKNOWS

    The man wont pull the freaking trigger

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We had no, zero,zip, nada, right side the 8 gamesSmith was flanking the one wheeled Brisiel. Our worst two weeks this year were probably worse, but not the whole year.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Maybe even 3 weeks.

  • KoolKell

    Pryor for better or worse is the Raiders Offensive MVP.

    True, that says a lot, I know.

  • r8ter4evr

    He has struggled but QBs like to learn lineman tendencies no doubt

  • the invincible dr robert

    Least valuable.

    Moore is most valuable.

  • the invincible dr robert

    McG had no sacks in 15 attempts.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Despite Pryor is a little unfair. He threw no picks in this wins. We didn’t win despite Pryor like Arizona wins despite palmers 3 picks per game.

  • SnBG

    Kappy has not proven to be a big time passer. They have gone back to basics running the ball behind that great Oline and Kappy is going back to his roots as an option passer and runner.

  • BOKNOWS

    And he will pull the trigger

  • the invincible dr robert

    I’ve posted a similar theory.

    DA’s decision only makes sense that way.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Tick tock, tick tock…

  • the invincible dr robert

    Yep. For good or bad.