The Raiders were back on the practice field Wednesday, but Terrelle Pryor did not join them in practice. After being diagnosed with a concussion after a hard hit from Wesley Woodyard near the Broncos goal line it appears that the Raiders quarterback’s recovery is still ongoing.
He was hit so hard on Monday that he admitted to memory loss on Tuesday morning.
“Sorry about the loss RaiderNation,” Pryor wrote on Twitter. “I don’t remember much! Good hit by whoever it was. I heard our team fought well . . . We will be back!”
Pryor is going through the protocol of tests in order to get back on the field. While he is out, Matt Flynn will be taking the snaps under center. What complicates things is an ongoing investigation from the NFLPA about the Raiders handing of Pryor’s concussion and whether or not they should have allowed him to finish a drive that ended with Pryor placing a well placed ball right between Denarius Moore’s hands before the ball was dropped.
Pryor stayed in the game and finished the drive, but left for the locker room afterwards, where he was formally diagnosed with a concussion by team doctors.
The NFL has a strict protocol regarding players’ concussions on the football field, and part of that protocol involves a “mandatory” examination when a player is “slow to get up following a hit to the head.” If the player is believed to have suffered a concussion as a result of a big hit, the team is expected to remove him from the game immediately. That obviously did not happen.
“Football’s a tough sport,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, “and there’s going to be collisions and you try to do everything you can to make sure that you’re taking into account player safety, and I think our medical people followed the protocol that’s set forth by the NFL.”
Oakland’s fortunes in Week 4 against the 0-3 Redskins appear to be in the hands of Matt Flynn until further notice. Dennis Allen and Greg Olson initially designed the Raiders offense to be tooled around Flynn, Raiders fans will need to hope that Flynn can show why the Raiders brought him in in the first place should Pryor’s recovery time from concussion drag on for the full week.