Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, less than a week after suffering a concussion at Denver.
Multiple sources say that Pryor passed a final concussion-related test on Saturday, which was above and beyond the NFL-mandated protocol. He was formally cleared for full contact on Friday morning, but the Raiders wanted to test him once more before playing the Redskins at the Oakland Coliseum. He passed.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen played coy regarding his starting quarterback in part for competitive reasons. Matt Flynn took the majority of this week’s first team snaps while Pryor recovered from the head trauma stemming from a hit by Denver linebacker Wesley Woodyard, but Pryor’s activity increased as the week went on.
Pryor said that he felt 100 percent healthy on Friday, which put him in line to start. Allen said Pryor’s progress was a positive sign, but declined to specify if he would start.
“The biggest thing is I like where he’s at, I like where he’s at mentally,” Allen said after Friday’s practice. “Medically, we’re going to continue to evaluate him. He’s cleared medically. We want to get one more evaluation on him tomorrow to see how he responded. But, he’s making a lot of progress."