Behind Enemy Lines: Raider links

September, 26, 2013
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The Washington Redskins defenders say they’re preparing for both quarterbacks. Sounds as if the Oakland Raiders offensive players will be doing the same. With Terrelle Pryor suffering a concussion Monday against Denver, there’s uncertainty over who will start at this position Sunday.

If Pryor can’t play, then backup Matt Flynn will start. Pryor did not practice Wednesday, but he passed the first in a series of tests that would enable him to return. However, he’s only been cleared to resume conditioning and participate in meetings. That's why some in Oakland view Flynn as the likely starter.

Pryor obviously offers a different threat than Flynn because of his athleticism. Flynn also is a career backup. From the Redskins' perspective, it's difficult to prepare for quarterbacks with two different styles. So they'll likely focus on the more multi-dimensional Pryor a bit more; it's easier to do it that way and then get Flynn than vice versa.

Flynn said he's not out to make a point, if he indeed does start.

"I'm not going to try and prove anything,” Flynn said. “If I do get the chance to play, then I'll play the best I can. I'm going to go out there and lay it on the line and try to do the things I can to try help this team win. Nothing has shaken confidence in myself, so I'm going to go out there and I believe I can do it and do the best I can."

... Pryor’s performance against the Denver Broncos offers hope for the Raiders.

… Taking a look at how the Raiders graded out against Denver.

… Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter already returned to practice, but whether he’ll play remains uncertain. He’s an important part of their secondary.

… ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez takes a deeper look at Pryor and his game.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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