UPDATED: 3:32 p.m. 11/16/2013
Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin will take center stage Sunday afternoon in Houston when he will make his first NFL start for the Oakland Raiders against the Texans.
The Raiders ruled starter Terrelle Pryor out for this week because of an MCL sprain in his right knee he sustained two weeks ago and played with against the New York Giants last week.
McGloin was the fourth of four quarterbacks in training camp for Oakland this summer, behind presumed starter Matt Flynn, Pryor and fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson.
But in camp, Pryor beat out Flynn for the starting job and McGloin stayed while Wilson was cut and eventually signed to the practice squad.
After Flynn was cut after a late September loss to the Redskins, Oakland has carried two quarterbacks on the active roster—Pryor and McGloin.
The Raiders signed Wilson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster in order to have a backup for Sunday, per National Football Post. Defensive lineman Brian Sanford was cut to clear a roster spot.
Pryor has started eight of the Raiders’ nine games this season, with Flynn picking up the other start. McGloin will be Oakland’s third starting quarterback this season—the fourth time in the last seven seasons the Raiders have used that many starting quarterbacks in a year.
The last was 2011 (Carson Palmer started nine games, Jason Campbell six, Kyle Boller one). In 2009, the Raiders used JaMarcus Russell for nine starts, Bruce Gradkowski for four and Charlie Frye started three games. In 2007, the trio was Josh McCown (nine starts), Daunte Culpepper (six) and Russell (one).
McGloin set a handful of passing record at Penn State, but went undrafted this spring. He made his NFL debut in relief of Pryor two weeks ago against the Eagles and was 7-for-15 for 87 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions.