Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was cleared for contact on Friday, but the Raiders wanted Pryor take another test on Saturday to be sure that he was fully recovered from the concussion he suffered last weekend.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Pryor passed that test as well and, as a result, he’ll be in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Redskins in Oakland. Coach Dennis Allen said on Friday that Pryor would play on Sunday if he passed the final test on Saturday, but wouldn’t say whether or not he’d start but there’d be little rhyme or reason to benching Pryor if he’s healthy enough to play.
The Raiders’ desire for extra confirmation of Pryor’s health probably has some relation to the questions about how they initially handled the concussion last Monday after Pryor was drilled by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard. Even without that backdrop, however, it’s not the worst thing in the world to make as sure as possible that all is well with a player recovering from a concussion by doing one more test on the day before a game.
Pryor has completed 65.4 percent of his passes so far this season for 624 yards while also running for 198 yards for the 1-2 Raiders.
UPDATE 8:55 p.m. ET: And now Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Matt Flynn will get the start, and that Pryor will sit.