COMMENTARY | Terrelle Pryor's availability for next Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins may be in jeopardy after suffering an injury in Monday night's loss to the Denver Broncos. Pryor was seen leaving for the locker room before the game ended after receiving a helmet-to-helmet hit from Bronco's linebacker Wesley Woodyard late in the fourth quarter. According to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, it has been determined that Pryor appears to have suffered a concussion, which per NFL policy leaves him ineligible to play in the team's next game.
If reports are accurate, this would be a devastating blow for the Raiders as the only thing going for them in the 37-21 dismantling was the production of Pryor and the offense. The defense heavily struggled for the entire game as Peyton Manning orchestrated an aerial assault in throwing 32 of 37 for 374 yards, which broke Tom Brady's previous passing touchdown record . The defense struggled at slowing Manning down and the secondary seemed aloof by the offensive looks of the Broncos as they frantically chased receivers all game. Without Pryor, this could mean more struggles to a team that is already thin at the quarterback position and losing their "X factor" that gave them hope at victory each week.
The Raiders know losing Pryor for next week's match up against the winless Redskins will bring additional pressure to the defensive side of the ball. Defensive back Charles Woodson recognizes the importance of their young quarterback and how Pryor's playing management will be missed if he's unable to play on Sunday. Woodson commented shortly after the game, "He [Pryor] did some good things tonight, so it would be a tough blow [to lose him], especially for him and his development as a player if he's not able to shake it off and bounce back and come back next week. We'll just see how that pans out." Pryor was crucial to the offense's performance on Monday night as he put up solid numbers in throwing 19 of 28 for 281 yards while not committing any turnovers for the second consecutive game in a row. He appeared to be calm in the pocket and displayed more glimpses of potential that all of Raider Nation can take as positive with the team already facing a disappointing 1-2 start to the season.
Chad Bertrand is a Los Angeles-based sports writer that covers the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers. You can read more of his work on LakersNation.com.You can follow Chad on Twitter @Chad_Bertrand
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