With Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor receiving a concussion late in the Monday night game against the Broncos, the concern was whether he would be recovered in time to pass the concussion protocol on a short week. As of Wednesday, he was not at practice and that puts Matt Flynn in line to make his first start for the Raiders.
Pryor will be tested every day to see if he can practice but the Raiders don't have the luxury to wait until later in the week to insert him back into the lineup. They need to give whomever is the starter as much practice time as possible. A switch midweek would complicate things.
"Obviously if Terrelle's not able to go, Matt Flynn will be the guy," Allen said Tuesday. "So I think we've got to be prepared for either scenario.
"Yeah, obviously it's a little bit of a challenge, but that's where we're at and that's what we've got to get ready to do. So we've got to have a game plan that if Terrelle's able to go, that he can go in and execute and give us a chance to win, and if not we've got to have something in there that gives Matt Flynn a chance to win and have success. So, that'll be something that we'll have to work extremely hard on this week to get a good game plan for either scenario."
Flynn had been the first team quarterback through training camp and preseason but didn't play well enough to cement his status as the starter. Then he began suffering from elbow tendinitis which officially opened the door for Terrelle Pryor to take the starting job from him.
Pryor showed his best progress throwing the ball in the second half of the game against the Broncos until he was hit hard on a designed run and left with a concussion. Flynn came in and went 1 of 2 on the final drive on a 19-yard pass to Marcel Reece that set the Raiders up at first and goal at the one-yard line.
We'll monitor the situation as the week goes on as Pryor must pass concussion tests each day if he is to have any chance of playing. But for now, the Raiders must proceed as if Flynn will be the starter against the Redskins Sunday.