Ben Margot The Associated Press Matt Flynn, who lost the Raiders' starting quarterback job to Terrelle Pryor, might make his first start for Oakland on Sunday.

Flynn prepares with first team

Published: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 - 8:03 am

ALAMEDA – Matt Flynn worked with the Raiders' first team Wednesday as Terrelle Pryor recovered from the effects of a concussion, with the starting quarterback role for Sunday's game against Washington still in question.

Unlike linebacker Sio Moore and cornerback Tracy Porter, who moved into the second phase of the NFL concussion protocol and were able to practice, Pryor was scheduled to take a cognitive test on a computer to determine if he can practice today.

"I think it was very mild, because I'm doing very well," Pryor said. "They said I'm making good steps toward being able to play."

Pryor got past the first phase of the program, which allowed him to exercise, attend meetings and speak with reporters.

Moore and Porter successfully completed the same test Pryor must pass and were able to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday. The final phase, which usually doesn't happen until Friday or Saturday of game week, is being cleared for full contact.

Coach Dennis Allen said he has "no idea" if Pryor will be available to play and that his availability will be determined by the medical staff. Allen said he is prepared to move forward with Flynn if necessary.

"Flynn had a good practice (Wednesday)," Allen said. "I would expect nothing less than that. He's a pro. He'll be ready to go if his number is called."

Allen wouldn't speculate on how much practice time Pryor needs in order to start. Pryor said he thinks he could practice as late as Friday and still play but acknowledged the decision is out of his hands.

"I cannot put my team in harm's way, so if I can't lead the guys to win, then Matt's definitely going to be the best guy to do it," Pryor said.

Pryor, who was hurt Monday night against Denver, said it was Tuesday morning when he began to put together the events that led to the concussion and what happened afterward.

He cited a "delayed reaction" to the trauma, noting his ability to speak with the coaching staff through a replay review and two-minute warning before returning for two plays.

In response to Fox Sports and ESPN reports that said the Raiders' handling of the concussion will be reviewed, Allen reiterated he believes the club complied with the protocol.

"We don't ever put a player out there and put him in danger," Allen said.

Carl Francis, the National Football League Players Association's communications director, declined to comment regarding the Raiders' handling of Pryor but said in an email, "We routinely monitor and review concussion cases throughout the season. Every concussion is important to the health and safety of our membership. We take all player concussions seriously."

Flynn, who talked at length for the first time since losing the job to Pryor, said it doesn't matter when he learns he's the starter. As a rookie in Green Bay, Flynn was told there was a 99 percent chance he'd be starting for an injured Aaron Rodgers.

"An hour and a half before the game, Aaron comes running in there in his shoulder pads," Flynn said. "It's one of those things you never know. No matter when they tell me, whether it's today or Sunday morning, I'll be ready to roll."

Flynn said his arm feels more fresh than it did toward the end of training camp, although he's not sure how much a part his elbow tendinitis played in Pryor getting the job.

"I understand decisions are not made because of one thing. It's all encompassing and what's best for the team," Flynn said. "I know what my job is. … Me and Terrelle still have a good relationship, and I'm trying to help him as much as I can."

Note – Defensive end Jason Hunter (quadriceps) did not practice along with Pryor, safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) and offensive tackle Menelik Watson (knee). Guard Lucas Nix (ankle), fullback Jamize Olawale (ankle), Porter and Moore were limited.

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