Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been dealing with an MCL sprain for the past few weeks, and he may have recently suffered a setback on it because the injury seems to be getting worse instead of getting better. It is always in the best interest of the Raiders organization to make sure that Pryor isn’t playing through a significant injury, and they showed earlier this season that they are not afraid of pulling the cautious card with Pryor. They ruled him out of a game with a concussion after creating an extra concussion test on Saturday to add to the mandatory concussion tests that Pryor passed. And even though he passed the test, the Raiders still ruled him out, because Pryor complained of a relapse of concussion symptoms later on that day.
Pryor has clearly been hobbled by this knee injury, as he was less than 100% last week and was also less than 100% at practice this week. After a rough day in which he clearly didn’t look healthy on Friday, Raiders beat writers stated that the team would start Matt McGloin this week against the Houston Texans. They cited the speed at which both players were practicing as their reason, and the unanimity of their prediction convinced me that McGloin would start this week.
According to CSN California’s Scott Bair, the Raiders have officially ruled out Terrelle Pryor this week and will move ahead with McGloin as the starter this week. The UDFA out of Penn State flashed in training camp, and starting him makes a whole lot of sense. Not only should they be cautious with Pryor, but it also gives the Raiders a chance to see how McGloin does in an actual game. He has some promised to him, but it’s time to get a better idea of his ability. The Raiders know that Pryor could very well be their QB of the future, but they can’t lock in on him too much; it’s a good idea to see how good McGloin is and get a better feel for all of the QBs on their roster. Even if they don’t view McGloin as a potential franchise QB, it’s still great to get a better glimpse of what he brings to the table.
The Raiders will activate rookie Tyler Wilson from the practice squad, unless if they enjoy not having a backup quarterback.