By Steve Corkran
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 12:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders declared quarterback Terrelle Pryor out for the Houston Texans game, which cleared the way for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to make his first NFL regular-season start.
Pryor still is hobbled from the MCL sprain in his right knee that he suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 3. He played against the New York Giants last Sunday but was limited in his movement and effectiveness.
Pryor practiced some Wednesday but not much Thursday or Friday. That prompted coach Dennis Allen to shut down Pryor and turn over the reins to McGloin on Sunday.
McGloin set numerous records during a standout career at Penn State. However, he failed to impress teams enough to merit being drafted. The Raiders signed McGloin soon after the draft ostensibly as another quarterback to take reps in training camp so that the three ahead of him on the depth chart didn’t get overworked.
Ultimately, McGloin impressed coaches with his work ethic, intelligence and play, which led to his earning a spot on the opening-game roster.
The Raiders likely will sign Tyler Wilson from their practice squad and place him on their 53-man roster so that they have a backup quarterback Sunday.
Wilson was selected in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft out of Arkansas. However, he got outperformed by McGloin and ended up being waived at the end of training camp. The Raiders re-signed Wilson a short time later and placed him on their practice squad.
McGloin will be the third starting quarterback for the Raiders this season. Pryor started eight games, with Matt Flynn starting in place of Pryor for one game before he was released.