Terrelle Pryor Might Be Active Sunday and Other AFC West News

Christopher Hansen@ChrisHansenNFLNFL AnalystNovember 29, 2012

Terrelle Pryor could dress for the first time this season.
Terrelle Pryor could dress for the first time this season.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Much has been lost in the wake of the news revolving around Rolando McClain, though there are other happenings around the league that deserve focus. 

McClain may have worn a Raiders uniform for the last time, but quarterback Terrelle Pryor is on the verge of getting his first chance with the Silver and Black. Eric Gilmore of CBSSports.com reports that Pryor might dress for the first time on Sunday.

Pryor has been inactive for the first 11 games of the season and joins a 3-8 team in desperate need of an offensive lift. Pryor’s best chance may initially be as a sub-package player that makes use of his ability to run and throw on the run.

At some point down the line, the Raiders might actually have to see what they have in Pryor as a starting quarterback, but head coach Dennis Allen didn’t know when Pryor would get that opportunity. What’s clear now is that the team is willing to give Pryor a chance, and when that time comes, he’ll have to make the most of it.

Greg Knapp actually has a decent track record of developing young quarterbacks and there’s still hope that Pryor could still be in Oakland’s long-term plan.


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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported late Wednesday that McClain got into a heated exchange during practice and was sent home.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle has the details of how McClain responded to the incident on his Facebook page only to erase the comments later.

ESPN’s John Clayton now reports that the Raiders planned to release McClain on Thursday.

Also lost in all this McClain news was that Darren McFadden looks close to returning, according to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times.



Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says pass protection is a big part of the reason why Moreno moved into the starting role. This runs counter to my view on the reason Moreno earned the start.

Peyton Manning faces one of the worst pass defenses in the league on Sunday, but Bucs head coach Greg Schiano says his secondary is improving, according to Tom Kensler of the Denver Post.


Kansas City

Brady Quinn apologized for his sorry-looking mustache as part of the movement to raise awareness about prostate cancer, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. It’s for a good cause, so I’ll give Quinn a pass on this one.

The Chiefs are trying to get their young wide receivers up-to-speed according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.

Ryan Lilja, Tamba Hali and Branden Albert were not scheduled to practice Sunday, so the Chiefs added offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks off waivers and signed Quan Sturdivant to the practice squad, according to Teicher.  


San Diego 

Brandon Taylor and Jonas Mouton will make their NFL debuts for the Chargers on Sunday according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego details the drastic drop in the production of San Diego’s offense.

Remember Micheal Spurlock? The Chargers claimed him off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars according to Gehlken.