The Oakland Raiders have announced that Terrelle Pryor will start the season finale against the San Diego Chargers. Pryor is getting his first NFL start over backup Matt Leinart who was less than impressive in the Raiders loss last week against the Panthers.
Starter Carson Palmer is out for the year with cracked ribs, paving the way for Pryor to make his much anticipated NFL debut as a starter.
“I don’t think you’re going to be the same with either quarterback as you would with Carson because Carson’s been getting all the reps and he has the full command of the offense,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said this week. “So yeah, I would think we’d be scaled back a little bit with either one of those quarterbacks that would play.”
Pryor made a name for himself while at Ohio State, but due to sanctions against the university for violations he was involved in, he entered the NFL but declared for the draft too late.
As a result, Pryor was selected in the Supplemental Draft by the Raiders.
Pryor’s start on Sunday for the Raiders will mark the first time in 24 straight games that someone other than Carson Palmer is under center. Pryor has played sparingly this with the success of backups-turned-starters Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, there is a lot of hype and pressure on Pryor to succeed.