Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
This week Dennis Allen said the team had discussed activating Terrelle Pryor for Sunday's game versus the Browns. Today, it was confirmed by he and Terrelle Pryor that he will be active for the first time this season.
"Yeah, I'm suiting up, but I don't know if I'm gonna have any plays or not," said Terrelle Pryor. "I don't know what we're gonna do, I don't know if it's just the fact that I can now. Usually before it was because we needed another special teams guy but he said he's gonna suit me up but we haven't ran any plays or anything like that so..."
The Raiders suspended Rolando McClain for the next two weeks which opened the roster spot up for Pryor to be activated. Also, the thumb injury Carson Palmer is fighting means the team could use an extra quarterback as insurance.
"Our anticipation is that we would suit [Pryor] up as the third quarterback this week," said Dennis Allen. "It's got as much to do with potentially [Palmer's] injury situation, but it's, you know, he's one of those guys where we want to at least get him up, get him suited up. He needs to start getting some, what it feels like to suit up on game day and we'll see if we play him in the game."
This isn't the first time Pryor has suited up for the Raiders. He was active for six games last season, and saw the field for one unofficial play (false start penalty). And of course, he saw plenty of starts at Ohio State prior to that.
"I'm not really exactly excited to just suit up," said Pryor. "That's not something that's my goal. I've suited up for plenty of games before. But it's a step to be with this organization and just go out and warm up with those guys and be around Carson and see how he handles a real game situation, so it's going to be a good time."
Dennis Allen added that, should Pryor see the field, he would be running the same plays the Raiders have been running all season which suggests there are no new wrinkles thrown in for Pryor. And Pryor confirmed that by saying they hadn't practiced any plays designed to get him in the game. That could spell bad news for his chances to see the field because if the plays are all the same, there is no reason for Palmer to come out of the game. And even if he does, he would be replaced by Matt Leinart.
So, in the end this could be much ado about nothing as far as those who would like to see Pryor take the field for his first official play as a Raider. Then again, it could be gamesmanship to give the Browns something more to prepare for. We'll soon see.