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Raiders face injury questions for Chargers game

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, right, defensive back Chimdi Chekwa (35), and punter Marquette King (7) sit on the bench during the fourth quarter of the Raiders' 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders head into preparations for Sunday's game against San Diego with uncertainty at four key offensive positions.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is still recovering from a concussion that kept him out of Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins.

Running back Darren McFadden, fullback Marcel Reece and center Stefen Wisniewski are also nursing injuries from the game and coach Dennis Allen said Monday it was too soon to determine their status for this week.

Allen did get one question answered already. The game time has been moved from 1:25 p.m. PDT to 8:35 p.m. to give enough time to convert the Oakland Coliseum from baseball to football after the Athletics host a playoff game on Saturday night.

The NFL and Raiders had been hoping to keep the original start time but that proved impossible when baseball set the start time for the baseball game at 6:07 p.m. PDT on Saturday. With about 18 hours needed to convert the Coliseum from baseball to football, the game time needed to be switched.

Pryor had been set to start Sunday despite being knocked out last Monday in Denver with a concussion. But the Raiders (1-3) changed plans Saturday night after Pryor asked to wear a tinted visor because of sensitivity to light. That is a symptom from concussions and led to the decision to keep Pryor out of the game.

"We wanted to make sure that we exercised extreme caution in this situation," Allen said. "We probably went a little bit above and beyond what typical protocol would be. We just deemed that it wasn't worth the risk."

The other three key offensive players all got hurt during Sunday's game. McFadden (hamstring) and Reece (knee) both left in the first half and didn't return, while Wisniewski played the entire game despite having a sprained knee.

Reece underwent an MRI on Monday, while McFadden and Wisniewski did not need further tests. Allen said he does not expect McFadden to miss much time, if any, and that Reece does not need surgery on his knee but offered few other details.

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