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By The Sports Xchange September 2, 2013 10:20 PM
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start the season opener for the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. Oakland opens Sunday against the Colts in Indianapolis. Pryor took the first-team snaps at the Raiders' practice Monday, according to the Oakland Tribune. Matt Flynn, who was competing with Pryor for the starting job, missed practice last week with a sore arm but was available Monday. Coach Dennis Allen said he informed Pryor and Flynn who the starter would be Sunday, but he has yet to make the choice public. In two seasons with the Raiders, Pryor has appeared in four games. He made one start last year, when he completed 13 of 28 passes for 150 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the season finale at San Diego. Flynn started the first three preseason games before Pryor started the exhibition finale. On Thursday at Seattle, Pryor went 3-for-8 for 31 yards with an interception. He was sacked twice. In the preseason, Pryor had a 59.5 passer rating, while Flynn had a 70.0 passer rating. Flynn spent four years as a backup with the Green Bay Packers before sitting on the Seattle Seahawks' bench last year. He completed five of nine passes for 68 yards in 2012. Also Monday, the Raiders also added quarterback Tyler Wilson to their practice squad, and they signed free agent offensive tackle Tony Pashos. Pashos has played 92 games (70 starts) over a nine-year career that includes stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns. He also has three playoff starts. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder was a fifth round draft pick of the Ravens in 2003. To make space on the 53-man roster, the Raiders released tackle Alex Barron. The Raiders only have three healthy tackles: left tackle Menelik Watson, right tackle Khalif Barnes and Pashos. Left tackle Jared Veldheer could go on short-term injured reserve Tuesday. He recently had surgery for a partially torn triceps.