Elaine Thompson The Associated Press Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he has told Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn which one will start at quarterback Sunday against the Colts. Pryor was first up in practice Monday.

Allen won't disclose starting QB to media

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 10:42 am

ALAMEDA – Terrelle Pryor was first up when the Raiders broke the huddle and went to the line for their first drill Monday, but coach Dennis Allen declined to name a starting quarterback for the regular-season opener Sunday against Indianapolis.

"I'm sure all of you have your questions on who the starting quarterback is going to be and what we're going to do there," Allen said after practice. "I'm really not going to get into that for competitive reasons.

"We've got a plan. Unless we start out in the Wildcat, we'll have a quarterback out there the first snap of the game. We'll just leave it at that."

Pryor politely declined to comment in the locker room, and Matt Flynn, the other contender for the starting job, was not available for comment.

Flynn, who sat out last week to rest a sore throwing arm, suited up and threw during drills.

"I think the (rest) helped him," Allen said. "I don't anticipate it will be an issue."

Allen said he told Pryor and Flynn who would start. Asked if he would attempt to keep it a secret up to kickoff Sunday, Allen replied, "Before I tell you? Yeah."

Whether or not Pryor starts, his ability to create plays with his running when blocking breaks down will get him some snaps in certain situations with a set package of plays.

"We really don't have a choice about who plays," wide receiver Jacoby Ford said. "We'll be comfortable with whoever is at the helm."

Notes – Rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson went unclaimed through waivers. Allen wouldn't speculate on whether the fourth-round draft pick could join the practice squad.

• Oakland signed veteran offensive tackle Tony Pashos, who was waived by Washington on Saturday, and released offensive tackle Alex Barron. Although Pashos has played almost exclusively on the right side during his career, he becomes the backup on the left and right sides for Menelik Watson and Khalif Barnes, respectively.

• Cornerback Chance Casey, wide receiver Greg Jenkins, tight end Brian Leonhardt, guard Lamar Mady and safety Shelton Johnson, all waived Saturday by the Raiders, were signed to their practice squad.

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