The Raiders got an important part of their offense back on the practice field on Wednesday, but quarterback Terrelle Pryor could only watch left tackle Jared Veldheer’s first day back.
Pryor said after last Sunday’s loss to the Giants that his knee bothered him during the game after a week of downplaying the severity of the injury. The Raiders don’t seem to be taking any undue risk this week as Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Pryor isn’t practicing on Wednesday. If Pryor isn’t able to play against Houston this week, Matt McGloin would make his first NFL start.
Veldheer’s presence at practice starts the clock on a 21-day window for his activation from injured reserve with the designation to return. Week 10 may be too soon for Veldheer, who injured his triceps and had surgery this summer, to get back on the field but the offense will definitely benefit from the return of its best lineman whenever he’s ready.
Running back Darren McFadden and cornerback D.J. Hayden, both of whom missed last week’s loss to the Giants, also missed practice for the Raiders.