Bair and Smith: 'This loss has to sit at the feet of Matt Flynn'
OAKLAND – Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was slated to start Sunday’s game against Washington until late Saturday night.
The 24-year old cleared every stage of the NFL-mandated protocol regarding concussions by Friday after suffering one on Monday at Denver. The team administered another test on Saturday. He passed that one, too.
Pryor reported symptoms late Saturday night in a final talk with team doctors, and coach Dennis Allen decided to sit his starting quarterback.
“We were at a point where we were ready to go with Terrelle,” Allen said. “We visited with him one more time with the doctors and we just didn’t feel good about letting him play. It just wasn’t the right thing to do and we wanted to make sure we did right by him.
“We wanted to exercise extreme caution in that situation and that’s what we did. I think we did right by Terrelle Pryor in not playing this game.”
Allen said he’s “very hopeful” that Pryor can play next week against the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders certainly need him to after Matt Flynn struggled starting in his place. Sunday’s game proved that Pryor gives the Raiders the best chance to win with his ability to evade and create on the fly.
Allen said Pryor didn’t regress on Saturday night. He continues to improve as the days go by, but Allen simply wasn’t comfortable with playing him right away.
“I just didn’t want to have any doubt in my mind at all that the kid was 100 percent,” Allen said. “After visiting with the doctors, there was doubt in my mind and I wasn’t going to put him in harm’s way.”