NFL notes: Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor back at practice

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor left the field late in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Broncos.
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Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor left the field late in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Broncos.

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, three days after being knocked out with a concussion, and his status for Sunday’s game remains in question.

Pryor passed a concussion test Wednesday that allowed him to return to practice but he still must be cleared for contact before the Raiders (1-2) decide whether to play him against the Redskins (0-3).

‘‘There’s still some hurdles that he has to clear but he was cleared to go ahead and non-contact practice,’’ coach Dennis Allen said. ‘‘He was able to get in there and practice some on a limited basis today.’’


During the part of practice open to the media, Pryor did conditioning without a helmet and watched backups Matt Flynn and Matt McGloin run practice.

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But Allen said Pryor put the helmet on later and got some plays in with his teammates.

Allen said he’d like to know as soon as possible about Pryor’s status and that he won’t speculate about whether Pryor will play until doctors clear him for contact.

Pryor was hurt late in Monday night’s loss in Denver when he was knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Wesley Woodyard on a quarterback draw. The play was determined to be legal by the NFL because Pryor was a runner between the tackles.

Pryor was cleared to attend meetings and have physical activity Wednesday and passed an additional test after that to allow him to practice. Pryor said Wednesday it was his first concussion and described the symptoms as mild.

Wake improving


Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake and defensive tackle Paul Soliai are taking part in practice on a limited basis despite nursing knee injuries, and they might be able to play Monday at New Orleans. . . . Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho and backup linebacker were Paris Lenon were held out of practice. Ihenacho sprained his right ankle two weeks ago and tweaked it Monday night against Oakland. Lenon has a sore thigh. Champ Bailey, who has missed the first three games with a sprained left foot, also was limited. Bailey said he hopes to make his debut Sunday against the speedy Philadelphia Eagles.

State of the league

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is still considering changes to the preseason and postseason but that nothing would be done in time for the 2014 season, meaning each team will still play four exhibition games and only 12 teams will make the playoffs. Several scenarios are being discussed, including replacing some exhibition games with scrimmages and/or taking some exhibition games off season ticket packages. Of additional postseason berths, Goodell said the league is concerned it could affect the importance of the regular season. “With the competitiveness of the league, you see teams get hot in the second half of a season, a reasonable argument could be made that there are teams that should qualify for the playoffs and don’t and could win the Super Bowl,’’ Goodell told “I don’t think we want to expand just to have more teams. We want to create more excitement, more interest and give teams a chance to win the Super Bowl.’’