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NFL Sunday Actives/Inactives; Oakland players told Matt Flynn will start at quarterback according to reports

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Even though Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been cleared to play, he will not start against the Washington Redskins, according to reports.

Fox Sports and ESPN both reported that Matt Flynn will start at quarterback for the Raiders today. That comes after the San Francisco Chronicle said Pryor would be he starting quarterback against Washington, so stay tuned.

If the reports that Flynn will start are true, it appears the Raiders are playing it safe with Pryor, who suffered a concussion late in Monday night's loss to Denver, or they are worried he hadn't had enough practice for the Redskins.

It would be a huge opportunity for Flynn, who came into the preseason as the team's starter but played himself out of that job. Flynn has started two games in his career, both with Green Bay, and was outstanding in both including a six-touchdown game against the Lions in 2011, which set a Packers team record.

Ravens at Bills: Baltimore will have running back Ray Rice back after missing a week with a hip injury. He is active. The Bills' banged-up defense will be without safety Jairus Byrd, who is inactive with a foot injury. Cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore are also out for Buffalo. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco might have a big day.

Cardinals at Buccaneers: The scapegoating of Josh Freeman by coach Greg Schiano reached a new level, as the Buccaneers' starting quarterback for the first three games was dropped from No. 1 to No. 3, as he is inactive for this game. Buccaneers receivers Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Williams (hamstring) are active for new starter Mike Glennon.

For Arizona, safety Rashad Johnson will be out. Not too surprisingly, he wasn't cleared to play after losing the tip of his middle finger in last week's game.

Giants at Chiefs: Both teams are dealing with injuries. Guard Chris Snee, center David Baas are inactive for a beat up offensive line, and cornerback Corey Webster is inactive too. The Chiefs will be without cornerback Brandon Flowers, which should help the Giants' passing game.

Seahawks at Texans: Houston left tackle Duane Brown is out, and will be replaced by Ryan Harris. That's a huge loss against a very tough Seattle defense. Receiver Andre Johnson, as expected, is active.

Steelers vs. Vikings: Running back Isaac Redman is inactive. Rookie Le'Veon Bell will make his NFL debut, although it's unclear how much of a workload he will get. He missed most of training camp and the preseason as well. Bell has been out the past few weeks with a foot injury.

Colts at Jaguars: Jacksonville's offense will get some help. Tight end Marcedes Lewis returns after missing three weeks with a calf injury, running back Maurice Jones-Drew returns after missing one week with an ankle injury, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert will start after missing two weeks with a thumb injury. The Colts will be without safety LaRon Landry and running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

Bears at Lions: Both teams are reasonably healthy. Lions running back Reggie Bush is active after missing a week, and Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman is active despite being questionable with a groin injury.

Bengals at Browns: Cincinnati will be without cornerback Leon Hall, who is inactive with a hamstring injury. That can't hurt quarterback Brian Hoyer and Cleveland's passing game.

NOTE: We'll update the players who are in and out of the lineup right here, so check back to this post before the first set of games on Sunday for the latest news.

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