Coach Allen on Friday (Raiders.com)… Head Coach Dennis Allen addressed the media after Friday’s practice.
Coach Allen’s Opening Statement: “OK, injury report. Tyvon Branch did not practice today, he’s out for the game. Jason Hunter did not practice today, he’ll be questionable for the game. Sio Moore was full participation, he’s probable. Lucas Nix was limited today, he’s questionable. Jamize Olawale was full today, he’s probable. Tracy Porter was full today, he’s probable. Terrelle Pryor was limited again in practice today, he’s questionable. Menelik Watson did not practice today, he’s out.
Q: Did Pryor do more today than yesterday?
Coach Allen: He did, yes. I liked the progress that I’ve seen out of him over the last few days. We’re going to still continue to monitor him, but he’s made some significant progress.
Q: So as you sit here now, you don’t know who will start?
Coach Allen: Yeah, we haven’t made that decision. The biggest thing is, I like where he’s at. I like where he’s at mentally. Medically, we’re going to continue to evaluate him. He’s cleared medically. We want to get one more evaluation on him tomorrow to see how he responded. But, he’s making a lot of progress.
Q: Is he cleared to do everything, for full contact?
Coach Allen: Yes, he’s been cleared. But, I think as a precautionary step after today’s practice, he got a lot more in practice today, we’ll take another look at him in the morning and see where he’s at.
Q: Is he available on Sunday even if [Matt] Flynn starts?
Coach Allen: Yes.
Q: If he checks out medically, he would play Sunday?
Coach Allen: Yeah.
Q: Are you saying if he’s cleared, will he start?
Coach Allen: We’ll see.
Q: Is that a game-time decision?
Coach Allen: I don’t know if that would be a game-time decision or not. 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 his health and make sure we do the right thing for him.
Q: With the Pryor situation, you said there’s one more test that you’re going to do but it’s not something you have to do?
Coach Allen: He’s been cleared. It’s not something that has to be done. It’s something that we want to do. I want to make sure that we’re making the right decision for this kid.
Q: Earlier in the week, you said you may not make a decision publicly for who might start. Is that also for competitive reasons?
Coach Allen: Yeah.
Terrelle Pryor participating in practice (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was on the field, helmet on, during the media window of the noncontact practice Friday afternoon. He appeared sharp in individual drills and shared reps with Matt Flynn as the team prepared for Sunday’s home game against the Washington Redskins.
Raiders DE Hunter questionable for Sunday (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Terrelle Pryor (concussion) was a limited participant in practice Friday, and the Raiders quarterback is officially questionable to play Sunday against Washington. Also questionable to play are left guard Lucas Nix (ankle) and left defensive end Jason Hunter (quad).
Pryor feels ‘great,’ might start Sunday if he passes non-mandatory test (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)…Pryor did far more at practice Friday than he did at any point this week. As a result, Allen said, the Raiders want to see how he responds to the increased workload the day after. “It’s not something that has to be done,” Allen said. “It’s something that we want to do to make sure. I want to make sure we’re making the right decision for this kid.” Pryor passed the series of league-mandated tests before Friday’s practice. If he passes the non-mandatory test Saturday, there’s a strong chance that he will start against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Allen said.
Terrelle Pryor says he’s 100 percent after concussion (Associated Press)… “I feel 100%, definitely,” Pryor said. “I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I know I’m going to study these next two days real hard as if I will be starting.”
Terrelle Pryor could start at QB for Oakland Raiders (by Greg Rosenthal, NFL.com)… Either Allen is trying to mislead the public (unlikely), or Pryor is likely to start Sunday against the Washington Redskins. (Despite reports to the contrary this week.) Matt Flynn got the first-team reps in practice earlier this week, but the Raiders want to go with their guy.
Roger Goodell: Terrelle Pryor injury properly handled (by Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com)… “You obviously want to have him evaluated as soon as possible,” Goodell said. “But again, he showed no symptoms, he jumped right up. The reason we were able to detect it was we saw the impact of the hits. That means the system worked. Would I like to see it happen faster? Yes.”
Good luck making sense of concussions (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)… So NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league’s protocol regarding concussions served its purpose with regard to Terrelle Pryor. The whole issue of whether the Pryor situation was handled correctly was overblown because the league can’t possibly be ahead of the medical profession when it comes to the issue of brain injuries of any type. Yes, Pryor played two plays after taking a blow to the head. Then he apparently felt worse afterward. From personal family experience, this isn’t unusual.
Flynn: Demotion ‘disappointing, even more so’ the second time (by Scott Bair, CNS Bay Area)… “It’s just as disappointing this time, probably more so,” Flynn said. “It’s probably easier in terms of how to deal with it. I don’t think anybody in sports would say they weren’t upset after not starting, but I know that I still have a job to do. I’m still an Oakland Raider. I have to help this team prepare. I’d like to think I shook it off pretty quick.”
Raider Nation rallies to aid of dying superfan ( by David Caraccio, CBS)…Raider Ron has recently found out that he has hepatitis C and must get a liver transplant. Los Angeles’ CBS 2 news reports on how the Raider Nation is coming to Raider Ron’s rescue.
Raiders vs. Redskins Game Preview (Raiders.com)… The Oakland Raiders host the Washington Redskins at O.co Coliseum in Week 4 action.
Raiders May be Able to Run on Washington (by Doug Williams, NBC Bay Area)… Redskins defense has been slashed by opponents this season, so even if Pryor can’t start at QB, Oakland may be able to ride McFadden
Redskins kicker Kai Forbath returns to practice (Associated Press)… Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath is practicing again and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Mike Shanahan says Forbath made a 48-yard field goal during Friday’s practice and will test the leg at longer distances on Saturday.
Defense Confident Vs. Pryor Or Flynn (by Brian Tinsman, Redskins.com)… Given Pryor’s concussion and limited practice reps this week, it’s also possible the team will face backup Matt Flynn, who has struggled to find his niche in the NFL after leaving Green Bay. Doesn’t matter who lines up under center, says Haslett, as the defense has been preparing for both. “We’ll be ready for either one based off who plays,” he said. “They are both pretty good football players. One is different than the other, but [Pryor] is really athletic.”
Raiders’ Trade for Flynn Now Not Looking So Bad For McKenzie (by Rogue Raider, RogueRaidersBlog.com)… For all the criticism that Raiders’ General Manager Reggie McKenzie took in trading for Flynn after the decision was made to start Pryor, McKenzie now looks like a solid GM that was looking into the future for the what the team would need at some point in the season; in a National Football League that almost guarantees a player will be injured during the 16 game season.
Plunkett’s Playbook Week 4 (Raiders.com)…Jim Plunkett takes a look back at the 1983 Raiders team that defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII.
Game Preview (Raiders.com)… The Oakland Raiders host the Washington Redskins at O.co Coliseum in Week 4 action. The 1-2 Raiders will face a 0-3 Redskins squad that is coming off a trip to the playoffs in 2012. The two teams have met 11 times in the regular season with Oakland leading 7-4, with the last meeting in 2009 at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders also faced the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII, in which RB Marcus Allen led the way to the championship with a then-record 191 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Terrelle Pryor Fantasy: Oakland Raiders QB Unlikely Against Washington Redskins, Matt Flynn Possible Starter After Quarterback Suffered Concussion Against Broncos (By Lauren Morano, Sports World Report)… Pryor’s status against the Washington Redskins has been downgraded from questionable to unlikely to play. ESPN reports that the Raiders are not yet prepared to let the starter out on the field after he claimed to not remember much from the game.
Redskins vs. Raiders point spread and pick – Points a plenty? (the Linemakers)… The Linemakers’ lean: Even if Terrelle Pryor can’t play this week, Matt Flynn is a capable stand-in against a horrific Redskins defense that is statistically one of the worst in the NFL. Despite the Redskins’ troubles on offense, a matchup with the Raiders isn’t a bad place for RG III and Alfred Morris to get it going. We see some points being scored Sunday in Oakland and game going OVER total of 44.