Much has been lost in the wake of the news revolving around Rolando McClain, though there are other happenings around the league that deserve focus.
McClain may have worn a Raiders uniform for the last time, but quarterback Terrelle Pryor is on the verge of getting his first chance with the Silver and Black. Eric Gilmore of CBSSports.com reports that Pryor might dress for the first time on Sunday.
Pryor has been inactive for the first 11 games of the season and joins a 3-8 team in desperate need of an offensive lift. Pryor’s best chance may initially be as a sub-package player that makes use of his ability to run and throw on the run.
At some point down the line, the Raiders might actually have to see what they have in Pryor as a starting quarterback, but head coach Dennis Allen didn’t know when Pryor would get that opportunity. What’s clear now is that the team is willing to give Pryor a chance, and when that time comes, he’ll have to make the most of it.
Greg Knapp actually has a decent track record of developing young quarterbacks and there’s still hope that Pryor could still be in Oakland’s long-term plan.
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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported late Wednesday that McClain got into a heated exchange during practice and was sent home.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle has the details of how McClain responded to the incident on his Facebook page only to erase the comments later.
ESPN’s John Clayton now reports that the Raiders planned to release McClain on Thursday.
Also lost in all this McClain news was that Darren McFadden looks close to returning, according to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times.
Brady Quinn apologized for his sorry-looking mustache as part of the movement to raise awareness about prostate cancer, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. It’s for a good cause, so I’ll give Quinn a pass on this one.
The Chiefs are trying to get their young wide receivers up-to-speed according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
Ryan Lilja, Tamba Hali and Branden Albert were not scheduled to practice Sunday, so the Chiefs added offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks off waivers and signed Quan Sturdivant to the practice squad, according to Teicher.
Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego details the drastic drop in the production of San Diego’s offense.
Remember Micheal Spurlock? The Chargers claimed him off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars according to Gehlken.