Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Terrelle Pryor and Menelik Watson to start against Seattle Thursday, Matt Flynn out with tendinitis

Earlier Sunday afternoon it was reported that Terrelle Pryor was taking reps with the first team offense to start practice before the media viewing period came to a close, leading many to start preparing the Pryor over Matt Flynn discussions. Well Raider Nation did not have to wait long as the fan favorite Pryor will start in place of an injured Matt Flynn on Thursday according to Scott Bair of

Dennis Allen confirmed that Flynn will be rested with a sore arm that is reported as tendinitis, Bair tweeted as Raiders practice came to a close.


The move gives Pryor a chance to run with the first team for the first chance this preseason, a move that Dennis Allen already was going to likely be forced to make given Pryor’s outstanding third quarter at the against the Bears. For Flynn, it is a similar situation to last year as the same arm issues that crept up last preseason when he lost his job to Russell Wilson has returned. It is now Pryor’s job to lose, something that seems unlikely given the flash he has shown for much of his preseason appearances.

Bair also reported after practice that tackle Menelik Watson will be starting on the left side in place of Alex Barron on Thursday.

Watson played primarily on the right side during his stay at Florida State, the raw talent is likely an improvement over an over the hill Barron that while improved against the Bears, is simply not going to cut it for the Raiders as they wait for Jared Veldheer’s return from injury and the partial IR. Watson’s ability to transition to playing at LT will be evaluated by Dennis Allen, Greg Olsen and Tony Sparano on Thursday and if he can perform, it is highly likely they roll the dice on Watson as their starter until Veldheer returns.

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