Terrelle Pryor moves closer to playing time

December, 26, 2012
12/26/12
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There is no clarity as to who will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders at San Diego in the season finale on Sunday.

However, it seems like Terrelle Pryor’s chances of getting extensive playing time are increasing.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters that Matt Leinart and Pryor split repetitions evenly Wednesday. However, Pryor told reporters that Leinart got most of the snaps, but Pryor did get more practice snaps than usual. A starter will be named later in the week.

Carson Palmer suffered rib and lung injuries early against Carolina last Sunday. Leinart took over and Pryor played a few plays in special packages. After the game, Allen said Pryor was not ready to start.

However, Wednesday, Allen said it may be time to see what Pryor can do now that Leinart was given a chance. Leinart was not impressive when he took over for Palmer.

I think Allen needs to go with Pryor. We all know what Leinart is -- a career backup. Pryor, who was taken in the third round of the supplemental draft in 2011, is an unknown quantity. At 4-11, the Raiders have nothing to lose by playing Pryor.

Still, I think the decision should have been made already. If Pryor is going to play extensively, he needs to practice extensively. If Pryor is going to play a lot, why is Leinart still getting starter’s reps?

Perhaps they will both play. Time will tell. But four days before the game, it seems like Pryor will be heading toward, at least, some playing time Sunday.

Waiting to announce the starter does give Oakland an edge against the Chargers. Preparing to defend against Leinart and Pryor are two different things, so the Chargers' defensive game-planning has to be affected some this week.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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