Terrelle Pryor has learned his lesson about not telling his Raiders coaches how much his sprained right knee bothered him last week leading up to his poor performance at quarterback in a loss to the New York Giants.
So he and the Raiders are taking things more cautiously this week with Pryor sitting out practice Wednesday as he tries to get healthy in time for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
“That’s what it was, the competitive nature in myself, just thinking, ‘Hey, I can go out, just got to do this. I can go and sit in the pocket,’” Pryor said. “It fired back against me. I didn’t want to let my teammates down.”
Pryor completed just 11 of 26 passes for 122 yards with one interception in his fourth straight subpar performance as the Raiders (3-6) lost 24-20.
Pryor first hurt the knee in the second half of a loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 3 and eventually left that game early. He said the knee got worse during the week of practice but he kept that information away from his coaches.
The Raiders also could be without running back Darren McFadden this week. McFadden missed another practice as he recovers from a sore hamstring that forced him to miss last week’s game.
Oakland did get some positive news on the injury front with right tackle Tony Pashos returning to practice for the first time since injuring his hip in the first half at Kansas City on Oct. 13 and left tackle Jared Veldheer practicing for the first time since tearing his left triceps in training camp.
Raiders vs. Texans
WHEN: Sunday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Reliant Stadium, Houston
TV: CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)