Terrelle Pryor and the Oakland Raiders have definitely felt the aftereffects of a huge hit by Broncos’ linebacker Wesley Woodward on the Raiders’ quarterback on Monday night.
Pryor suffered a concussion on a was a helmet-to-helmet hit put on him by Woodyard on a second-and-goal play in the fourth quarter. Woodyard was able to rush straight at Pryor on a designed quarterback run, and levied a huge hit that stunned the Raiders’ quarterback. Pryor laid facedown on the ground for a bit before getting back up and pacing around the field during a stoppage in play.
Pryor stayed in the game and finished the drive, but left for the locker room afterwards, where he was formally diagnosed with a concussion by team doctors.
The young quarterback spoke to the media Wednesday about the play, and believes Woodward crossed the line.
“There was a lot of helmet-to-helmet contact,” said Pryor. “I think it was illegal. He should be fined.”
However, NFLPA is actually investigating the Raiders because they allowed Pryor to stay in for two more plays after he sustained the concussion. NFL protocol states that a player should undergo a “mandatory” examination if he is “slow to get up following a hit to the head.” If the player is believed to have suffered a concussion as a result of a big hit, the team is expected to remove him from the game immediately.
Pryor must also undergo a series of tests to determine whether or not he can play on Sunday against the Redskins. He was cleared for conditioning and meetings on Wednesday.
“It was very mild. I’m doing very well,” Pryor said. “They said I’m taking very good steps toward being able to play.”