Allen on Pryor: 'There's still some hurdles he has to clear'
If Terrelle Pryor can't go on Sunday, Matt Flynn will get the start. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was limited in his return to practice on Thursday. He was formally cleared for practice in the morning, just three days after suffering a concussion Monday at Denver. He spent the open portions of practice shadowing healthy quarterbacks with his helmet off.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said that Pryor was limited, but took some team reps with his helmet on.
With one practice remaining, Pryor’s rate of progress may not be enough to start Sunday’s game against Washington. ESPN’s Adam Shefter, citing unnamed sources, reported that Pryor is unlikely to play on Sunday.
Pryor’s status officially remains in limbo, with concussion-related tests left to pass.
“There are still some hurdles he has to clear,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I hope we have a definitive answer sooner rather than later. When the doctors clear him for full participation, that’s when we’ll know whether he can play in the game or not.”
Backup Matt Flynn took the majority of Thursday’s first-team snaps and will be ready to go should Pryor sit out.
“Matt had another good day,” Allen said. “If he gets the call on Sunday, he’ll be prepared and ready to go.”
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson has formulated distinct game plans for Flynn and Pryor, with some overlap.
“Based on how Monday’s game went with Terrelle, we figured when we got on the plan to come home that we might have some uncertainty at quarterback,” Olson said. “We have two different packages at this point. There are a few tweaks in the for each quarterback, but it’s not completely different.”