ALAMEDA – Coach Dennis Allen took drama right out of the Raiders' quarterback situation. For just the third time in five games, there’s no mystery who will start Sunday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
Terrelle Pryor’s the guy.
“He’ll start at quarterback this week,” Allen said after Wednesday’s practice.
Well, that was easy.
Allen normally draws it out until the last possible moment for competitive reasons, even if injuries are involved. He did no such thing this week.
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Pryor was completely cleared, finally symptom free following a concussion suffered Sept. 23 at Denver and promptly declared the starter.
The news was met with relief by Raiders fans, who booed Week 4 starter Matt Flynn incessantly during a performance so dismal it got him demoted to third string.
Pryor is back in the starting lineup with more value than ever. Sunday’s loss proved beyond doubt that Pryor gives these Raiders the best possible chance to win. Despite his recent concussion, the Raiders won’t reign Pryor in.
“If you start trying to limit the things that he does, I think you decrease his effectiveness,” Allen said. “You have to let him be the quarterback that he is and let him make plays.”
Pryor is excited to do exactly that. He believes he could’ve played and beat Washington on Sunday, but respects the Raiders’ decision to hold him out.
[RECAP: Redskins 24, Raiders 14]
“That’s over with now,” Pryor said. “We’re on to the future, we’re on to the next step. Now we have to have all our energy and be ready for the Chargers. We will be.”
Pryor must be at his elusive, creative best to keep up with a Chargers team that scores a ton.
“I believe I’m 100 percent right now,” Pryor said. “I feel normal. … I’m ready to go.”