With Pryor hurt, Flynn may start for Raiders
Former Seahawk Matt Flynn worked with the first team Wednesday as Terrelle Pryor recovered from the effects of a concussion, with the starting quarterback for the Raiders against the Washington Redskins still in question.
Seattle Times news services
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Former Seahawk Matt Flynn worked with the first team Wednesday as Terrelle Pryor recovered from the effects of a concussion, with the starting quarterback for the Raiders against the Washington Redskins still in question.
Unlike linebacker Sio Moore and cornerback Tracy Porter, who moved into the second phase of the NFL concussion protocol and were able to practice, Pryor was scheduled to take a cognitive test on a computer to determine if he can practice Thursday.
“I think it was very mild, because I’m doing very well,” Pryor said. “They said I’m making good steps toward being able to play.”
Pryor got past the first phase of the program, which allowed him to exercise, attend meetings and speak with the media.
Moore and Porter successfully completed the same test Pryor must pass and were able to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday. The final phase, which usually doesn’t happen until Friday or Saturday of game week, is being cleared for full contact.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he has “no idea” if Pryor will be available to face the Redskins on Sunday and that his availability will be determined by the medical staff. He said he is prepared to move forward with Flynn if necessary.
“I thought Flynn had a good practice today,” Allen said. “I would expect nothing less than that. He’s a pro. He’ll be ready to go if his number is called.”
In response to Fox Sports and ESPN reports that said the Raiders handling of Pryor’s concussion will be reviewed, Allen reiterated he believes the club complied with the protocol.
“We don’t ever put a player out there and put him in danger,” Allen said.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers benched quarterback Josh Freeman and replaced him with rookie Mike Glennon.
The move came two days after coach Greg Schiano insisted Freeman remained the starter because he gave the team the best chance to win. The coach changed his mind after meeting with general manager Mark Dominik and later discussed the switch with ownership.
Glennon was drafted in the third round out of North Carolina State, where he spent part of his college career as a backup to Seahawks star Russell Wilson. Glennon will make his first pro start Sunday at home against Arizona.
• Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier disclosed that quarterback Christian Ponder suffered a rib injury early in Sunday’s 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Ponder’s availability for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh is unclear.
• Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will make his second straight start this week against Cincinnati in Cleveland.
• The Dallas Cowboys placed defensive end Anthony Spencer on injured reserve and claimed cornerback Chris Greenwood off the Detroit Lions’ practice squad.
• Houston outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus said he’s been fined $15,000 for a hit on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco.
• Dallas receiver Dez Bryant was fined $7,875 by the NFL for a throat-slashing gesture that resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against St. Louis.
• Former San Diego Chargers and University of Georgia defensive back Paul Oliver committed suicide at his Atlanta-area home, a medical examiner said. He was 29.