Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was inactive during Wednesday’s practice in an attempt to rest his sprained right MCL that worsened in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.
Naturally Matt McGloin took all first-team reps and practice-squad quarterback Tyler Wilson ran the second team in McGloin’s place with Oakland down to two quarterback’s during the padded practice.
Pryor said he planned to rest the sore joint early this week but is still expected to play Sunday against the Houston Texans barring any changes in his health.
If he can’t go the Raiders will go with the undrafted rookie underdog Matt McGloin who won the job on the 53 man roster over fourth round draft pick Tyler Wilson during the preseason. In a garbage time appearance McGloin completed 7-15 passes for 87 yards in his NFL debut, executing some solid drives along the way.
Pryor sprained his knee against Philadelphia and after failing to tell Dennis Allen about the injury, saw the MCL sprain continue to affect his ability to play in the way that he does best. If Oakland plan on using him at will be at the expense of risking further injury to a very important part of any explosive athlete’s body.
My thoughts on this topic and my stance on what the Raiders should do has been made clear already. Matt McGloin is the best possible current option for the Oakland Raiders if Pryor’s knee isn’t 100% healed by Sunday. Anything less is risking permanent injury to the knee of one of the fastest quarterbacks in football, an injury that would surely change him into a far less dynamic quarterback that he can potentially become. Risking that in a losing and rebuilding season would be foolish of Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie and go against the mantra of a long term process in the Raiders rebuild in doing so.