Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Terrelle Pryor To Start, Matt Flynn Demoted To Third-String

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has announced that quarterback Terrelle Pryor will get the start against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday.

Pryor had been cleared to play last week’s game against the Washington Redskins, but was held out of the game for precautionary reasons.  He gets the green light this Sunday against a divisional opponent, as Raider coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday his young QB was now “symptom-free”.

“I though I could have played, but the Raiders wanted to be cautious with me.  They were looking out for my best interests and we decided it would be best if I didn’t play,” Pryor said.

It’s great to see Pryor understanding where the team is coming from, especially for a 24-year-old quarterback who has the possibility of being with the franchise for a while.

In related news, rookie quarterback Matt McGloin was taking second-team snaps during Wednesday’s practice, and he’s now second on the depth chart. McGloin will assume backup duties this Sunday against San Diego.

Matt Flynn, who’s earning $6.5 million this year after the Raiders acquired him this offseason to be their starter, now falls all the way to third on the depth chart. Flynn started last week’s 24-14 loss to the Redskins. He went 21-32 for 227 yards passing with one touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble.  He was also sacked seven times.

When asked about Flynn’s demotion, Allen simply said, “It is what it is. It didn’t work out.”


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