Call it a controversy, if you'd like.
Following a productive Friday night against the Bears, there has been some clamoring amongst Raiders fans to start Terrelle Pryor over Matt Flynn, with the common reprise of "why not?"
Head coach Dennis Allen admitted that the team would have to consider giving Pryor a long look. But the Raiders are now giving Pryor first-team reps in practice and will start him in the preseason finale against the Seahawks with once-presumed starter Matt Flynn suffering from a bit of arm fatigue.
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Matt Flynn is being rested with elbow tendonitis (same issue as last year). Pryor will start versus Seattle. Take reps with 1s this week.
— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) August 25, 2013
This has to feel like a horrible case of déja vu for Flynn, who allowed Russell Wilson to usurp the starting position for the Seahawks last preseason and now could be on the verge of relinquishing it in Oakland.
Certainly, the elbow could heal up — if indeed Flynn is really all that hurt — in time for the Raiders' regular-season opener at Indianapolis. But another energizing performance on Thursday could elevate Pryor regardless of Flynn's health.