After Friday's practice, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is still limited. Pryor has been on the practice field both Thursday and Friday on a limited basis and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's road game with the Houston Texans.
“He wasn't as good today as he was yesterday,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Pryor. “You never know. We will take a look at him [tomorrow] and we are still preparing him to get ready to play. I just go with what I see.”
Pryor showed discomfort with the sprained MCL in the loss against the New York Giants last week. The Raiders have been cautious with Pryor in the past. He was medically cleared to play after a concussion in week four versus the Washington Redskins, but the Raiders held him out to make sure he was symptom free. If Pryor is unable to go, the Raiders will turn to undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin.
That decision won't come until Sunday. Allen wants to evaluate Pryor tomorrow before he makes a decision. McGloin has only seen action in one game this season when he relieved an injured Pryor against the Philadelphia Eagles. He completed 7 of 15 passes for 87 yards.
“He has always prepared himself to be ready to go if his number is called, Allen said of McGloin. “He has taken most of the reps up to this point on the show team. He has done a great job. He just has a little bit of that 'it factor' about playing the quarterback position. He's got a lot of confidence in himself and we've got a lot of confidence in him.”
If McGloin's number is called because Pryor is unable to go, he will face the league's best passing defense. The Texans also boast one of the league's premier defenders in defensive end J.J. Watt. The Raiders would also promote rookie Tyler Wilson from the practice squad as the number two quarterback. Not an ideal situation for Oakland, who has dropped eight straight on the road.
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