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Raiders' Pryor cleared to return

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A symptom-free Terrelle Pryor returned to practice Wednesday, and he will resume his role as the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, coach Dennis Allen said.

Pryor missed last week's loss to the Washington Redskins due to a concussion. The man who replaced him under center, Matt Flynn, is now the third-stringer, Allen announced Wednesday. Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, will back up Pryor.

Flynn completed 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Washington. He was sacked seven times and fumbled three times, losing two of the fumbles.

Following the game, Allen criticized Flynn's field awareness. The coach expanded on his view of Flynn on Wednesday.

"It hasn't worked out like we anticipated, and we've got to make decisions and we've got to move forward and continue to go," Allen said. "Matt's going to continue to battle and scratch and claw, and I still believe that he's a capable quarterback, but we're going to give McGloin a chance."

Regarding McGloin, Allen said, "He's got some moxie to him. He just understands how to play the game, and I don't think it's too big for him. I think he'll come in, and if he's called upon to run the offense, I think he'll do a good job. He's smart, he throws an accurate ball, he's got good arm strength."

With Pryor at quarterback, the Raiders lost two of their first three games. Pryor completed 65.4 percent of his throws while averaging 208 passing yards. He threw two touchdown passes and was intercepted twice. Pryor also ran 26 times for 198 yards.

Even with Pryor's return, the Raiders could be without an offensive stalwart Sunday. Running back Darren McFadden, who left last week's game due to a hamstring injury, did not practice Wednesday. Allen said he was unsure whether McFadden would be available to play against the Chargers.

Fullback Marcel Reece, who sustained a sprained knee Sunday, practiced Wednesday.
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