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Terrelle Pryor stands by Raiders' quarterback change

  • Despite his knee having healed, Terrelle Pryor is taking a back seat to rookie Matt McGloin. (ED SZCZEPANSKI / USA TODAY)

ALAMEDA — Terrelle Pryor remains committed to winning back his job as Oakland's starting quarterback, though the Raiders only appear willing to use him in spot situations the remainder of the season.

Talking extensively for the first time in more than three weeks, Pryor said he remains supportive of coach Dennis Allen's decision to stick with undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin as Oakland's starter even though the knee injury that originally sidelined Pryor has healed.

“That's coach Allen's deal,” Pryor said. “Whatever his decision is, that's what it was. I could sit here and say I disagree and this and that but at the end of the day he's our leader and he's the one that has to make those tough decisions. He made it and that's what it is, you know?”

Pryor has made only one brief appearance since playing with a sprained medial collateral ligament against the New York Giants on Nov. 10, and it was a hotly debated one at that.

He quarterbacked the offense for one series in the first half and drove the Raiders down for a field goal. Then Pryor went back to the bench for the rest of the game, even though offensive coordinator Greg Olson said earlier this week the move was meant to provide a spark to the running game.

McGloin threw a costly interception on his first drive back, then Oakland had a punt blocked for a touchdown on its ensuing possession.

Pryor had already left the locker room when reporters were allowed in after the game, and he avoided interview requests earlier this week before talking for nearly 10 minutes in front of his locker.

The 24-year-old said he regrets trying to play through the knee injury, which he suffered a week prior to the Giants game.

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