Pryor medically cleared; starter still uncertain
Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been medically cleared to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but Oakland wants him to pass one more test Saturday before making a decision on his availability.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been medically cleared to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but the team wants him to pass one more test Saturday before making a decision on his availability.
Pryor said he was unaware of said test.
"I didn't know that," said Pryor, who suffered a concussion Monday night against Denver, "but that sounds wonderful that they're looking out."
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said if Pryor passes the non-NFL mandated test, he will play Sunday. However, Allen would not say whether Pryor would start, acknowledging that keeping the choice quiet was for "competitive reasons."
Pryor was a limited participant in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. League sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday that Pryor was unlikely to play against Washington.
"He got a lot more in practice today, so we want to take another look at him and see where he's at," Allen said Friday. "The key is that both him and Matt Flynn have both prepared this week to start. I'm going to make the right decision based on [Pryor's] health. ... I want to make sure we're making the right decision for this kid."
Pryor, who was injured late in the Raiders' 37-21 loss to the Broncos, passed his final concussion protocol test Friday morning, an ImPACT test, he said.
"That's probably the hardest one," Pryor said. "I feel 100 percent, definitely. The main thing is just preparing. Matt definitely has a lot more reps than me this week. I still don't know what the [situation's] going to be, but I'm still going to study these next couple days real hard as though I will be starting."
Pryor took only a few reps Thursday and is significantly behind in the offensive installation for Washington.
"I believe in my ability, and I always think I'm the best player on the field," he said. "So definitely I think I can make things happen on the field, regardless. But I have to be sharp, and I have to let the guys see me and believe in me at the end of the day.
"Whatever [Allen] picks is going to be in the best interest of the team. ... Whatever [decision] he makes, I'm not going to be mad."
Pryor, the team's leading rusher through three games with 198 yards, and Flynn, a prototypical West Coast offense quarterback, obviously have different skill sets.
"But also, with the plays that we're running, the pocket and down-the-field throws ... from that standpoint, it's going to be the same," Pryor said.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was used in this report.
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