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Pryor to start for Raiders Thursday, Flynn resting with elbow tendonitis

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Last year, Matt Flynn entered training camp with a shot at the starting job only to lose it to a quarterback who outplayed him in the preseason by making plays with both his arm and his legs while Flynn struggled with an elbow injury.

History may be repeating itself. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports that Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Sunday that the team will be resting Flynn because of elbow tendonitis and that Terrelle Pryor will start the team’s preseason finale against the Seahawks.

The elbow issue is one that plagued Flynn in Seattle around this time last year, giving Russell Wilson more of an opportunity to assert his stake to the starting job. Pryor will get the same chance this year and a strong week of practice before a good game against Seattle could mean that Flynn will be on the sideline again come the first week of the regular season.

The Raiders will also be taking a look at a new left tackle on Thursday. Second-round pick Menelik Watson, who played right tackle at Florida State, will get the start as the team tries to find a competent placeholder until Jared Veldheer can return.

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47 Responses to “Pryor to start for Raiders Thursday, Flynn resting with elbow tendonitis”
  1. seatownballers says: Aug 25, 2013 4:50 PM

    Seattle robbed the raiders. A 5th and a 6th for flynn. Pryor will win the starting spot, and Flynn will be cut after next years draft.

  2. jwcarlson says: Aug 25, 2013 4:51 PM

    If you’re not going to protect a pocket passer, you might be better off with a guy who can run for his life better.

  3. vader3234 says: Aug 25, 2013 4:51 PM

    @humbolt, SD chargers, half a century in the NFL a not one championship. Ouch.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 25, 2013 4:52 PM

    Lmao. You can’t make this stuff up. Flynn seems like a fine person but by golly he just does not know how to decisively seize his opportunities.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 25, 2013 4:52 PM

    Matt’s elbow flared up when he found out they were going to put a second rate college RT on his blind side.

  6. olyhawk says: Aug 25, 2013 4:53 PM

    Seems like he gets that elbow issue when he realizes he’s getting beat out……

  7. loup1966 says: Aug 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    So we’re starting a rookie at LT on the road against a very tough D. He’s yet to play in a game or practice (except for this week). Barron must be terrible.

  8. 12444uggg says: Aug 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    Pryor might make 3 starts before Flynn is begged for

  9. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    Its passed the hatred for dump nation for me, I just plain feel sorry for this team.

    P.S get out of the bay and go back to LA

  10. salscobrakai says: Aug 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    With the 1st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select….

  11. crippled4life says: Aug 25, 2013 4:58 PM

    Bye, Bye Flynn- Career backup.

  12. rcotner says: Aug 25, 2013 5:00 PM

    My arm would be sore too, throwing all those checkdowns…

  13. cliffordc05 says: Aug 25, 2013 5:05 PM

    People seem to forget that Flynn only started one year at LSU and was a seventh round draft choice. He was anointed the next great qb from the Green Bay back-up ranks before his shortcomings were properly evaluated. He’s not a bad back-up and has made some very nice money in the league. But he is simply just a very competent back-up.

  14. tdk24 says: Aug 25, 2013 5:24 PM

    Pryor and a healthy Run DMC, i like the sound of that.

  15. kingdm8 says: Aug 25, 2013 5:30 PM

    To find a silver lining, at least Flynn’s wife is smoking hot.

  16. mutantman87 says: Aug 25, 2013 5:48 PM

    This almost seems a little suspicious. For the second consecutive year, Flynn has a “sore elbow” late in the preseason when he’s getting outplayed. The conspiracy theorist in me wonder if Schneider and McKenzie tried to save face after paying mid-level starter money to a guy who gets outplayed by inexperienced QBs. I think the other thing that we can infer from all of this is that the Lions’ secondary is really bad.

  17. dougydougdoug says: Aug 25, 2013 5:48 PM

    tdk24 says: Aug 25, 2013 5:24 PM

    Pryor and a healthy Run DMC, i like the sound of that.

    - – - -

    You’ve got a better chance of Richard Pryer and Run DMC, the band, playing for the Raiders than those other two clowns.

  18. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 25, 2013 6:05 PM

    Ohio state’s Pryor = NFL Bust.

  19. hendeeze says: Aug 25, 2013 6:17 PM

    There is not a Starter vs Backup competition in Oakland. There is however a competition for who is able to run for their lives more effectively competition.

  20. raiderrob21 says: Aug 25, 2013 6:18 PM

    The guy can’t spell Richard Pryor and calls RUN DMC a band!
    CLASSIC!

    Taken your Raider hatred back to your bedroom in your moms house and ask her if your laundry is done yet!

  21. raiderapologist says: Aug 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    Watson played one year at RT for Saddleback, and one year at RT for Florida State. And he missed most of training camp. Yikes. It’s no surprise Flynn decided he wasn’t healthy.
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    seatownballers says: Aug 25, 2013 4:50 PM

    Seattle robbed the raiders. A 5th and a 6th for flynn. Pryor will win the starting spot, and Flynn will be cut after next years draft.
    ——————-
    Seattle signed Flynn last year to a 3 year deal with 10M guaranteed. He got 6.5M guaranteed from Oakland. The Raiders aren’t the only team that got robbed.

  22. jjackwagon says: Aug 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    Matt Cassel > Matt Flynn

  23. mullman76 says: Aug 25, 2013 6:27 PM

    @duggydugdug: Your passion for the Silver and Black never ceases to amaze.

    Stop trolling the Raiders and concentrate on your lowly bolts and their misfortune.

    Don’t start Pryor on Thursday because he will be injured, to be sure.

    Let the kid from Penn St work the 1st half, then throw the rookie from Arkansas to the wolves and see how he does in the 2nd half.

    Keep Flynn, and more importantly Pryor on ice for the regular season.

    Go Raiders

  24. jzone954 says: Aug 25, 2013 6:33 PM

    If Tyrelle Pryor starts come week 1….the raiders might not win 1 single game this year….

  25. raidernation37 says: Aug 25, 2013 6:35 PM

    Tendonitis must be the new term for back up an. Geez, I wish just once this team could hit on something and actually build upon it. I wasn’t for or against Palmer but at least he could complete passes and move the team. Since he has moved on I suppose we get to finally see what Pryor can do with the first team offense.

  26. raideralex99 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:03 PM

    And I thought college QBs got over hyped.
    Who the hell is Flynn?

  27. mgflolox says: Aug 25, 2013 7:06 PM

    I think “elbow tendonitis” is coachspeak for ineffectiveness.

  28. str8cashomie17 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:20 PM

    Poor Flynn. I honestly think Pryor is going to take advantage and be named week one starter.

  29. tdk24 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:28 PM

    “jzone954 says: Aug 25, 2013 6:33 PM

    If Tyrelle Pryor starts come week 1….the raiders might not win 1 single game this year….”
    _______________________________

    Well, we do play the Chargers twice, so that’s 2 wins right there.

  30. bigblu73 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:42 PM

    So Flynn’s pulling the ole’ I’m hurt let him play maneuver huh? I think I’m experiencing deja vu, reminds me a lot of last season in Seattle! Haha Pryor is better than Flynn is anyway. He was better than him in College and he’s still better than Flynn now! Matt Flynn benefitted from what I like to refer to as MCS(Matt Cassel Syndrome) It is when a great team plays with a below average-average QB and makes said QB appear to be much better than they actually are. Driving up said BACKUP QB’S stock to a point were a QB needy and desperate NFL franchise grossly over pays for said SUBSTANDARD services only to immediately regret the transaction. A la Kevin Kolb, Matt Flynn, Matt Cassel, etc. etc.. What has Matt Flynn really done? He played 1 maybe 2 good games and he all of a sudden became known as a “no-brainer” franchise QB quality player. It’s not his fault 2 teams have “drank the Kool Aid”. Pryor was a absolute Stud at Ohio State and is proving to be a capable NFL QB as well. If Pryor gets to start you will see DMac have a much better season than if Flynn is under center. 1 thing mobile QB’s do is open up the running game!!!

  31. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 25, 2013 7:53 PM

    What a dumpster fire…

    Start Pryor this season, if for no other reason than to see if he can be the guy. If he doesn’t work out, you lose nothing. Flynn is clearly just a reasonably competent backup. He’s being paid way too much but, oh well. Can’t do anything about that.

    Starting Pryor will let them know where their focus needs to be in next year’s draft. Besides o-line, that is.

    They won’t win more than 3 or 4 games this year no matter who starts. Start Pryor and put that issue to rest one way or the other.

  32. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:54 PM

    Matt Flynn LOL

  33. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Aug 26, 2013 12:52 AM

    Commitment to excrement. At least mullman isn’t writing 9 paragraph posts breaking down how great each facet of the team is. What a joke of a franchise. And fan base.

  34. dougydougdoug says: Aug 26, 2013 10:57 AM

    mullman76:

    Not a Bolts fan. I follow the AFC West, as a whole, which is sad these days.

    But “your” (as if you own an stock in the corporation) Raiders are the laughing stock of the league. Sure, the Jets are trying their best to wrestle that title from the Raiders, but they’ll never succeed. Do you know why? Because, Oakland.

  35. jedicurt says: Aug 26, 2013 11:14 AM

    to all of the people who say the Raiders are the laughing stock of the league, I just want you to remember that if they end up beating your team this year. and remember that they did it with some $50 Million in dead cap space.

    As I recall, no team in the AFC West has made it to a Super Bowl since the Raiders in the ’02 season. Sounds like they were the last good team in a division that is the laughing stock of the league.

  36. dougydougdoug says: Aug 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    jedicurt:

    Besides being attracted to a team because it uses silver and black for its costumes, you have also fallen into the other “nation” cliche trap. Bringing up the ancient history of a sporting franchise which NO LONGER EXISTS, AT ANY LEVEL. Al went insane, and drove the team into the deep mud. He’s being succeeded by his kid, who has no experience and none of the life-long devotion which his father held for the sport. The past is done, get over it.

    It matters not who was eviscerated last (like your Raiders) at the SuperBowl, as that is the past. What matters is the future, and if there is one organization in the AFC West which is destined to stay below average for the foreseeable future, it’s Oakland.

    But it’s too bad. I remember how competitive the West was back in the previous decades. This recent decade has been all Chargers and Broncos, which is saying VERY LITTLE.

  37. raidermick3sb3rings says: Aug 26, 2013 2:17 PM

    dougydougdoug says:Aug 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    jedicurt:

    Besides being attracted to a team because it uses silver and black for its costumes, you have also fallen into the other “nation” cliche trap. Bringing up the ancient history of a sporting franchise which NO LONGER EXISTS, AT ANY LEVEL. Al went insane, and drove the team into the deep mud. He’s being succeeded by his kid, who has no experience and none of the life-long devotion which his father held for the sport. The past is done, get over it.

    It matters not who was eviscerated last (like your Raiders) at the SuperBowl, as that is the past. What matters is the future, and if there is one organization in the AFC West which is destined to stay below average for the foreseeable future, it’s Oakland.

    But it’s too bad. I remember how competitive the West was back in the previous decades. This recent decade has been all Chargers and Broncos, which is saying VERY LITTLE.

    ————————————–

    Uh Lets see if you right…2000+ (this past decade)

    AFC championships
    Raiders 1
    Donkeys 0
    Chokers 0
    Little red scouts 0

    Superbowls
    Raiders 1
    Donkeys 0
    Chokers 0
    Little Red Scouts 0

    Raiders are the only team in the NFL to be in the game which determines the Super bowl entries in every decade. 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, and 2000′s – We will do it again in this 2010′s as well…Why because we are the team of the decades!

    The year Al Davis died – he had the Raiders 7-4 before the NFL’s top yards RB went down and so did the starting QB – The year prior we swept
    the entire division…

    So who’s done the least? LOL!!!

    Late…

  38. jedicurt says: Aug 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    dougydougdoug

    so you talk to me about not bringing up the past and then you talk about the teams of the last decade. interesting.

    but okay. lets talk last 3 years.

    Oak vs Den 3-3
    Oak vs SD 3-3
    Oak vs KC 5-1

    I didn’t realize that a tie with a team in wins and losses made you better than them. in recent years. the Raiders have been just as crappy as the rest of the division. I never said they were a great team, or a team thats going to make the playoffs this year. i’m arguing with them being the laughing stock of the league.

    If the Raiders are so bad, wouldn’t the chargers be more of the laughing stock of the league since they were predicted to do so well each year, and have pretty much split with the raiders over the past couple of seasons?

  39. aldavis4president says: Aug 26, 2013 3:20 PM

    Before cam newton, quarterbacks were allowed and given 1-3 yrs to devlpe as QBs. Kaepernick, Wilson, rgIII, all got still lack touch and pocket passing accuracy. IN PRYOR WE TRUST!

  40. radrntn says: Aug 26, 2013 4:11 PM

    hey dougy doug, i’ve got a favorite run dmc song that makes me think of you….it’s called you “talk to much”, and the lyrics of the song are all about you.

    as far as pryor, better option to have him because o-line can not block, and he is more mobile.

  41. murfdeezy says: Aug 26, 2013 6:55 PM

    Jedicurt

    If the Raiders are as awful as you say, And I will admit that they have been a mess for quite sometime…shouldn’t it look more like this:

    DEN VS. OAK 6-0
    SD VS. OAK 6-0
    KC VS. OAK 3-3

    I’m not a delusional fan. We have had a disastrous fall from grace. We did however get moving in the right direction offensively under Hue with a mediocre QB and a glass RB…until they went down. Al went crazy and this year we are just trying to get back in the black with $50 million in dead money and a bunch of short contracts. Denver is stacked and obviously poised to compete for a Super Bowl, but in about two or three years you will see the Raiders climbing back out of the cellar. This year is a toss up. We have a lot of new faces as well as a total question mark at QB and an injured left tackle….who is arguably the second best player on our team next to our field goal kicker…maybe third depending on what Woodson has left in the tank. The organization was a mess because it was managed poorly, but the fan base is as loyal as they come. We will see where we are headed in a season or two. Just my opinion. Go Raiders!

  42. raiderapologist says: Aug 26, 2013 8:32 PM

    atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Aug 26, 2013 12:52 AM

    Commitment to excrement. At least mullman isn’t writing 9 paragraph posts breaking down how great each facet of the team is. What a joke of a franchise. And fan base.
    ————–
    You have Raiders fan in your screen name, and are stealing lines from some other Donkey troll. Keep thinking about us, jabroni.

  43. silvernblak says: Aug 26, 2013 8:46 PM

    The pic of Flynn above tells the story of his career and his future with us! Pathetic! I remember seeing one last year of Palmer that looked just like that! History repeating itself……

  44. dougydougdoug says: Aug 26, 2013 8:57 PM

    You “nation” fanatics are only showing your true, comicon, colors. You are SO delusional that you’re actually willing to state that the Raiders have been the equal to the other teams in the AFC in the past decade. Despite how bad the entire division has, indeed been, there’s simply not a single reasonable sports fan, let alone NFL enthusiast, who would agree that the Raiders have even been in the fight.

    They’ve set records for non-winning seasons, most penalties, most consecutive loses to one team, the most head coaches (actually, I’m just guessing there, but it sure feels like it), and the list goes on.

    So, fanatics, give it a rest. They’ve been the unequaled losers, amongst losers. Let’s all hope that in the coming years, these teams can all come out of this funk, and start putting it to the rest of the league. But in the case of the Raiders, particualarly, it’s not likely going to happen until Davis sells the team to someone with much more money, and better football acumen. You could potentially say the same about the Chargers and Chiefs, and their owners. However, they’re not in the same predicament that the Raiders are up in your crumbling hell-hole of a “stadium”.

  45. raiderapologist says: Aug 26, 2013 9:27 PM

    dougydougdoug says: Aug 26, 2013 8:57 PM

    You “nation” fanatics are only showing your true, comicon, colors.
    —————-
    You don’t need to put quotation marks around Nation. We are that, and are not bothered by an equal opportunity troll that won’t even claim to be a fan of any particular team. There is no shame in being a fanatic. That is one of the things that makes football so damn good. People like you just use this forum in a desperate attempt to make themselves feel superior. And not just to fans of another team, which is acceptable, but to everyone. That is why you’re a loser.

  46. kibblesnvick says: Aug 26, 2013 9:44 PM

    loup1966 says: Aug 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    So we’re starting a rookie at LT on the road against a very tough D. He’s yet to play in a game or practice (except for this week). Barron must be terrible.

    Barron is awful. If I were McKenzie and Allen I’d take my chances with anybody other than him.

  47. jjackwagon says: Aug 27, 2013 9:25 AM

    “The year prior we swept
    the entire division…”

    ———————————————

    And still didn’t make the playoffs…’nuff said.

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