Terrelle Pryor officially suffered a concussion during the Oakland Raiders’ Monday Night Football game against the Denver Broncos.
Pryor sustained the injury on a stinging hit from Broncos’ middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard, but finished the drive – a turnover on downs on the Denver 1-yard line – double ouch. Pryor did not return.
Much like the recent example of San Francisco 49ers’ safety Eric Reid, in order for Pryor to be eligible to play on Sunday against Washington, he must pass a series of post-concussion tests mandated by the NFL.
Pryor must participate in a non-contact simulation drill in practice, and then participate in contact. What has to be the most important thing for the Raiders at this point is that their promising young quarterback is healthy for the long term and to not rush him back if he’s not ready. There are too many examples of concussions lingering and derailing seasons and careers, so it is imperative that the Raiders are sure he is 100%.
In a post on his twitter account, Pryor didn’t remember much from the play or game. You can decide if he was joking or not:
Sorry about the loss RaiderNation. I don't remember much ! Good hit by whoever it was. I heard our team fought well .. We will be back!
— Terrelle Pryor (@TerrellePryor) September 24, 2013
Oakland safety Charles Woodson is understandably concerned about his QB, and shared his thoughts on the injury with CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair.
“It’ll be a big blow,” Woodson said. “It’s a guy who is getting his chance, and each week he’s getting more comfortable. Terrelle did some good things, so it’ll be a tough blow for him and his development if he’s unable to shake it off and bounce back. We’ll see how that pans out.”