The Oakland Raiders will start quarterback Terrelle Pryor for the team’s season finale against the San Diego Chargers, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen announced Friday.
Pryor gets the start over backup Matt Leinart who struggled in the team’s 17-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday. Leinart completed 16-of-32 passes for 115 yards and one interception in that game. Leinart and Pryor split the reps in practice this week after starter Carson Palmer was ruled out for the season with cracked ribs and a bruised lung. Palmer had started the team’s previous 24 games.
“I don’t think you’re going to be the same with either quarterback as you would with Carson because Carson’s been getting all the reps and he has the full command of the offense,” Allen said this week. “So yeah, I would think we’d be scaled back a little bit with either one of those quarterbacks that would play.”
Pryor, a third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft, has only attempted two passes this season, completing one and has one rushing attempt for two yards. He had been running the scout team for most of the season.