Terrelle Pryor Injury: Updates on Raiders QB's Knee, Likely Return Date
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 24
Pryor will have to sit for at least another week according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com:
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 17:
While the young Oakland Raiders signal caller has the support of owner Mark Davis, others in the organization aren't convinced Pryor is the long-term answer, NFL Media Columnist Mike Silver said on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning."
Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, who will start Sunday, has impressed the staff. One source likened the player teammates call "McLovin" to "a poor man's Jeff Garcia," according to Silver.
As far as McGloin winning the starting job moving forward this season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was told that today's game against the Houston Texans would be a good barometer on if he can supplant Pryor moving forward.
ESPN's Paul Gutierrez later confirmed Pryor was inactive for Week 11:
Updates from Friday, Nov. 15:
Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune on Pryor:
Pryor working at something less than half speed— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) November 15, 2013
From Scott Bair of CSN:
Pryor officially questionable, but signs point to McGloin starting. He took all first team reps today. DA: TP2 was worse today over Thurs.— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) November 15, 2013
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 14
Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle has an update on Terrelle Pryor, who is recovering from a knee injury:
Terrelle Pryor (knee) has a helmet on today as #Raiders stretch at practice— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 14, 2013
#Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson on QB Terrelle Pryor (sprained knee) at practice: “He ran around really well today."— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 15, 2013
Scott Bair of CSN California had more on Pryor's return to practice:
Pryor back at practice. Looks like Pryor and McGloin and splitting first team reps, in this team drill anyway. #raiders— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) November 14, 2013
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 13
Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle has an update on Terrelle Pryor, who is trying to get healthy while dealing with a knee injury:
Terrelle Pryor (knee) wanted some rest & he’s getting it. #Raiders QB is wearing a cap and watching practice. Matt McGloin getting the reps— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 13, 2013
Jerry McDonald of InsideBayArea.com provided an additional statement from Pryor discussing his knee injury potential availability for Week 11:
"It was the competitive nature in myself," Pryor said. "I was thinking, 'I can go out, I've just got to do this. I can go sit in the pocket.' It fired back against me. I didn't want to let my teammates down.''
"It's up to the training staff and D.A. [Raiders head coach Dennis Allen]," he said. "However he feels about the situation, that's on him. And, obviously, myself, how I feel."
"When you watch the game, I didn't look at it and think that that was really the limitation that held us back there," Allen said Monday in his weekly day-after-game news conference.
"It was obvious that there wasn't that explosiveness that we had seen out of him prior to the injury," Allen said. "I'll sit down and visit with Terrelle a little bit more and find out exactly where he is physically.
"It wasn't something that we thought was going to be a big factor going into the game. But, obviously, it was a factor."
Allen also spoke on whether a player who is injured is the best fit to help the Raiders win games, courtesy of Corkran:
Allen said he admires Pryor for wanting to play at less than 100 percent, as he does with all his players.
At the same time, he added, there's a fine line between playing through pain and knowing when to ask out.
"You got to be effective," Allen said. "If you're injured and can't help the football team, then it's best that we have somebody else in there."
Updates for Sunday, Nov. 10
Pryor told reporters that he has a sprained MCL and will need some rest in order to get healthy (via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle):
#Raiders Terrelle Pryor said he has sprained MCL in knee & is "very sore. ... Just need rest a little, try to get back as fast as possible."— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 10, 2013
Head coach Dennis Allen also thought Pryor was a step slow in the loss, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Terrelle Pryor "didn’t look like he had the same explosiveness".— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) November 10, 2013
Scott Ostler of SFGate.com provided an additional post-game statement from Pryor:
"My knee's banged up," Pryor said after the game, speaking in a voice so faint he was barely audible. This was one woebegone young man, although when I asked him if he was discouraged, he said, "Not discouraged. My leg is very sore and I'm out there trying to do my best, and it wasn't doing anything. I wasn't able to, and I wasn't myself. With more treatment, hopefully this thing cures up fast."
From Newsday's Tom Rock:
Dennis Allen: "I'm definitely expecting Pryor to play." Says McFadden will be monitored throughout the week.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) November 6, 2013
From Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times:
Terrelle Pryor is at practice and showing no overt signs of knee injury he suffered against the Eagles.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 6, 2013
From Jerry McDonald of InsideBayArea.com:
Nothing definitive on QB Terrelle Pryor (knee) or RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) although Allen notes hamstrings can be more tricky.— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) November 4, 2013
After the game Steven Corkran of the Contra Costa Times provided an update on Pryor's status:
Terrelle Pryor on his knee injury: "I have to look at it further ... but it’s stable. I can walk. Nothing’s wobbly ... It’s just precaution"— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 4, 2013
On a day where Oakland's defense has been a sieve of historic magnitude in yielding seven touchdown passes to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, the offense is falling apart.
Pryor's injury adds to the ominous outlook for the Raiders' troubled unit. Talented running back Darren McFadden also exited the game earlier and did not return:
RB @dmcfadden20 is out with a hamstring injury.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 3, 2013
Ball security was a problem for the 24-year-old Pryor in this contest. He tossed two interceptions and fumbled once, though he did recover on his own.
But Pryor flashed his outstanding athleticism with 94 rushing yards on 10 carries, moving his total yards on the ground this season to 485.
That type of dynamic ability hints that Pryor has the chops to be the Raiders' franchise quarterback as he continues to progress, so the team will be hoping that he isn't out too long.
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