By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders spent the first part of Monday in meetings, while head coach Dennis Allen and his staff kicked into overdrive their preparation for their team’s game against the New York Jets.
The players received Friday, Saturday and Sunday off after they returned from Dallas on Thursday night and a game against the Dallas Cowboys. They will be off Tuesday, as well, and hit the practice field Wednesday for the first time in a week.
Coach Allen will not hold a news conference today, given the Raiders didn’t play Sunday, and he did his day-after-news conference Friday. However, there is media access to the locker room at 2:30. So, stay tuned for updates from the players.
On Wednesday, there’s a possibility that strong safety Tyvon Branch will practice with his teammates for the first time since he suffered an ankle injury in the Raiders second game, more than 2 1/2 months ago.
Other things to look for will be whether running back Rashad Jennings has recovered enough from the concussion he suffered against the Cowboys so that he can resume practice and the status of the handful of other players that got hurt that game — cornerback Mike Jenkins (stinger), safety Usama Young (neck), running back Jeremy Stewart (knee, ankle), right guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (calf).
It’s also likely that quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be at or near full strength after not playing since Nov. 10. If so, it begs the question: How will he be used, if at all, against the Jets and the rest of the season.
Allen said Friday that he wants to take a longer look at Pryor and current starter Matt McGloin in the final four games so that he, his coaching staff and general manager Reggie McKenzie have as much information on both players as possible heading into the offseason.
McGloin is going to start against the Jets, Allen said. So, for Pryor to get any playing time Sunday, it’s going to have to be in a Wildcat package, some other sort of special package or if McGloin gets injured or is ineffective.