Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor did not practice again Wednesday and has not practiced yet this week. He is currently listed as questionable for their game against the Houston Texans this week. He could end up playing this week, but they may opt to sit him to make sure he is healthy when the Raiders host the Tennessee Titans. With Pryor’s legs such a big part of what he does offensively, being hampered with a knee injury is problematic and could result in further injury. With the Raiders sporting a 3-6 record, they are looking more to the long term than trying to go all-out this week at the potential cost of Pryor to further injury.
As much as not having Pryor would be a loss for the Raiders, it is also a potential opportunity. The Raiders have seen life out of their backup quarterback, Matt McGloin, who they signed as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State. He was able to come into camp and beat out their fourth round pick, Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas, who is currently on their practice squad.
The best case scenario would be for Pryor to be 100% healthy, so they can continue evaluating him and likely trying to build around him as their franchise quarterback. Nevertheless, if he is unable to play, they get the opportunity to see what McGloin can do and see if he has any value to them or as a potential trade chip later in the process. As talented as Pryor is, his style does lend itself to injuries that could potentially cost him to miss time and a quality backup would be an important acquisition and if a team comes along and offers them a nice trade package, they can take it and get another backup to develop. The Raiders came into this year looking to next year and this could be an easy way to see what McGloin can do if Pryor is unable to play.