Raider fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Terrelle Pryor will be the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
This comes just six days after Pryor sustained a concussion against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. However, he passed the NFL and team’s concussion tests on Friday and Saturday, and has been cleared to play.
Pryor suffered a concussion on 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.
On Friday, Pryor told Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area that he “felt 100 percent,” and “better as the days have progressed.”
Pryor has started the first three games for the Raiders this season, throwing for 624 yards and completing 65.4 percent of his passes. He has also rushed for 198 yards.
Backup quarterback Matt Flynn has taken most of the first team reps this week during practice, but it appears that his services will not be needed on Sunday unless Pryor has to come out of the game.