Dennis Allen announced on Friday that Terrelle Pryor has been medically cleared for full contact, putting him in a position where he can go out and play on Sunday against the Washington Redskins
For now Pryor is officially listed as questionable on the Raiders injury report, but his activity level increased from Thursday’s practice to Friday’s workout and Allen now has the league’s approval should he name Pryor as his starter on Sunday.
Allen, who came under fire from the NFLPA for allowing Pryor to go back out and finish the drive after sustaining the concussion on Monday night, will get one more evaluation before deciding if Pryor will play.
“It’s not something we have to do, it’s something we want to do,” Allen said to the press after Frida’s workout. “We want to do right by this kid.”
The Raiders will not announce their starting quarterback before Sunday’s game, partially for competitive reasons as Allen took advantage of the uncertainty at quarterback leading up to Week One against the Colts. That time Pryor got the start, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Pryor will not play on Sunday earlier in the day, but now with full clearance it seems highly likely that Pryor will make the start in what is a must win game at home for the 1-2 Raiders.
If the Raiders decide Pryor cannot go the team will start Matt Flynn, who has had success in back up situations in the past. Leading Green Bay on two occasions when Aaron Rodgers could not make the start for the Packers.