ALAMEDA – Terrelle Pryor woke up Tuesday morning and didn’t remember much. The Raiders quarterback was concussed the night before against Denver, and tweeted about lost memories following an intense helmet-to-helmet hit by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodward that caused head trauma.
“Those tweets came the morning after and I was a little foggy,” Pryor said. “But I’m fine now.”
Pryor was well enough Wednesday morning to pass the first of several concussion-related tests mandated by the NFL. He was allowed to participate in conditioning drills and meetings, While Pryor still can’t practice or play, he was allowed to speak with the press.
The 24-year old said he was progressing well after his first concussion and was hopeful he could return as early as Thursday.
“It was very mild,” Pryor said. “I’m doing very well. (Team doctors) said I’m taking very good steps toward being able to play. “
Pryor must first be cleared for practice. He was scheduled to take a test that would allow him to do on Wednesday afternoon, the results of which were not immediately known.
“I feel great about passing and being able to go,” Pryor said. “Hopefully it goes well and I feel good in the morning. That’s what I’m hoping for. That’s what I’m praying for.”
Pryor wouldn’t put odds on whether he’ll play. If he’s not 100 percent mentally and physically ready for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, Pryor said Matt Flynn should start.
“I can’t put my team in harm’s way,” Pryor said. “If I can’t lead this team to a win, then Matt’s the best guy to do it when I’m not in good condition.”
Pryor’s status will be monitored each day by the team and a fan base that desperately wants him to build on Monday’s solid showing as a pocket passer.
“I don’t want to come in here and make it like a circus around me,” Pryor said. “I want to keep getting rest, keep studying and staying in the film room. The goal is to keep taking steps."
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he has a deadline for when Pryor must be cleared to practice in order to start, but he kept it under wraps.
“There will be a point in time where we have to make that decision,” Allen said. “There probably won’t be any type of announcement one way or the other. We’re obviously on top of it. We’re monitoring the situation. … I think we’ve just got to let this thing play out. Trust me guys, we’re planning for all scenarios, and we’ll be ready for whatever happens.”