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Raiders' Terrelle Pryor might be forced to sit out with concussion

  • Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor gets up off the turf after being sacked in the third quarter of Monday night's 37-21 loss to the Broncos. (JACK DEMPSEY / Associated Press)

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders will begin a short week of preparation with uncertainty about who will start at quarterback as Terrelle Pryor recovers from a concussion.

Pryor was knocked out of Monday night's 37-21 loss at Denver in the fourth quarter after a hard hit to the helmet by Wesley Woodyard. He was replaced by Matt Flynn.

Pryor will not be able to practice until he goes through the league-mandated concussion protocol. That means the Raiders (1-2) will have to prepare for Sunday's game against Washington (0-3) with the possibility that either Pryor or Flynn could start.

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“We'll look at how he's doing tomorrow,” coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday. “We'll see whether he's able to go or not. Then we'll see as the week goes on and make a determination on what we can do.”

Allen said the team will have to make game plans for both the mobile Pryor and the more stationary Flynn to start. When Pryor beat out Flynn for the starting job, the Raiders tweaked their offense to take advantage of Pryor's mobility.

That has paid off so far with Pryor leading the team with 198 yards rushing through three games.

“It's a little bit of a challenge,” Allen said. “But that's where we're at and that's what we've got to get ready to do. So, we've got to have a game plan if Terrelle's able to go that he can go in and execute and give us a chance to win. If not, we've got to have something in there that gives Matt Flynn a chance to have success.”

The players had the day off Tuesday and Pryor is not allowed to talk to the media until he clears his concussion protocol. But he did send out a tweet earlier in the day apologizing to Raiders fans for the loss.

“I don't remember much! Good hit by whoever it was. I heard our team fought well. We will be back!” Pryor wrote.

Pryor added that he felt great and was ready to go but that will ultimately be determined by the doctors.

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