The Oakland Raiders may have lost more than just the game against the Denver Broncos on Monday. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor is “unlikely” to play on Sunday against the Washington Redskins after suffering a concussion late in the fourth quarter in Denver.
Pryor suffered a concussion on a was a helmet-to-helmet hit put on him by Broncos’ linebacker Wesley Woodyard on a second-and-goal play. 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.”
Pryor was cleared to practice on Thursday, but his participation was limited.
If Pryor is unable to play, the Raiders will turn to Matt Flynn, who lost the starting job to Pryor in the offseason. Flynn was acquired to be the Raiders’ No. 1 quarterback, but was outplayed by the youngster Pryor during the preseason.
“I’m not going to try and prove anything,” Flynn told CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair. “If I do get the chance to play, then I’ll play the best I can. I’m going to go out there and lay it on the line and try to do the things I can to try help this team win. Nothing has shaken confidence in myself, so I’m going to go out there and I believe I can do it and do the best I can.”