Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice on Thursday morning, putting him in line to potentially start Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. A game that is a must win for the 1-2 Raiders who still believe that the end goal of a playoff season is possible.
CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair was the first to report Pryor’s clearance.
Terrelle has been cleared to practice, but he’s clearly going to be limited. Reps on the side. Flynn still in with the first. #raiders
— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) September 26, 2013
Pryor’s participation will be limited. He watched from the sidelines without a helmet as Matt Flynn took first-team snaps during the open periods of practice according to Bair and the rest of the beat reporters in Alameda Thursday morning.
The 24-year old quarterback missed just one workout with a concussion suffered during Monday’s loss at Denver via a crushing (but ultimately within the rules) hit from Wesley Woodyard. Pryor was cleared to participate in conditioning drills and team meetings on Wednesday, but wasn’t able to practice.
He passed a second, concussion-related test Wednesday afternoon, the results of which were confirmed by a secondary exam on Thursday morning which formally cleared him to practice, the first hurdle for Pryor in getting cleared for Sunday.
Pryor spoke accurately when talking to the press on Wednesday, describing his concussion as “mild,” and that he was taking positive steps towards playing on Sunday despite tweeting on Tuesday that he suffered memory loss.
Clearing the concussion protocol to practice was a huge step for Pryor and for the Raiders, but player safety and head injuries are a huge concern in the NFL and because of this the recovery time can be varied. Raider Nation will be pulling for Pryor to play, but the most pressing concern is if he can withstand a full NFL game without risking himself to more injury time.