Raiders News: Terrelle Pryor Will Start Week 5 Against Chargers
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After the disappointing loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 4, the Oakland Raiders will have an opportunity to bounce back in Week 5 against their bitter division rivals with quarterback Terrelle Pryor set to get back under center against the San Diego Chargers according to Paul Gutierrez of

Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers, coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday.

Heading into Week 4, Pryor appeared to be ready to go against the Redskins after a few days to get right following a concussion sustained in the loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 3. Although Pryor was expected to start against the Redskins, Matt Flynn ultimately got the nod from the coaching staff with Pryor showing symptoms of the concussion on game day.

Fortunately for the Raiders, the team will be able to get their starter back under center in a crucial divisional matchup on Sunday. Pryor was cleared by the team’s medical staff on Wednesday and participated in practice as a result.

The return of Pryor couldn’t come at a better time with the team getting a look at a very unimpressive Flynn in the loss to Washington at home last Sunday. Flynn was so bad in the loss against one of the worst defenses in the NFL that the veteran has been demoted to third string by the coaching staff heading into Week 5.

As a result of the demotion, rookie Matt McGloin will be Pryor’s backup moving forward essentially ending all talk of a quarterback controversy in Oakland moving forward.

Along with Pryor getting back on the practice field and getting cleared, the team also saw the return of rookie left tackle Menelik Watson. The playing status for Watson remains to be determined, but practicing on Wednesday is a good indication he’ll resume the starting job at left tackle on Sunday against the Chargers.