By Kevin Ross II
The Washington Redskins may have received their biggest break of the season last night when Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor went down with a concussion on Monday Night football.
No one wishes ill-will on an opponent, but this is life in the National Football League, and the Redskins must capitalize on Pryor’s injury if he cannot see the field. The Redskins have traditionally been gashed by the mobile quarterback, and they have been severely befuddled by the read option ever since it was introduced to the NFL by their own Offensive Coordinator.
Terrelle Pryor’s status was unknown immediately following the 37-21 loss to Denver, as Oakland’s head coach Dennis Allen offered a few words about Pryor’s situation. “I have no idea about Terrelle’s status, I really don’t… He’ll have to go through the concussion protocol like everybody else. We’ll go in tomorrow we’ll have an evaluation and we’ll get a better feel of where he’s at and go from there.”
Pryor took a nasty shot to the head as he was hit by multiple defenders on what appeared to be a design run. And maybe this will serve as the 1,000th warning to Redskins nation as they clamor for Robert Griffin III to become more of a threat in the run game. After three weeks of football, RG3 remains healthy, while Oakland will wait to learn about the status of their starting quarterback.
Pryor’s status likely won’t be announced until game day. But even if he does participate, the Redskins will probably not see as many design runs for Pryor, which will work in their favor as their ultimate goal would be to make him operate from the pocket.
If Pryor is unable to participate, the Raiders will likely start back-up quarterback Matt Flynn. Flynn emerged from the bench last night to replace Pryor as he made his regular season debut for the Raiders. Flynn only completed one pass as he led the Raiders on a 20-yard scoring drive.
“You’ve got to be ready at any time,” Flynn said. “Obviously the game didn’t go the way we wanted to. But I got in there, we had good field position and I was able to get it in, so we were fortunate in that aspect.”
Washington’s defense will likely have to prepare for both signal callers, which on the surface seems detrimental considering that they have looked vastly unprepared in the first three weeks. So far, the defense is ranked dead last in the NFL, giving up an astounding 488-yards per game. If Washington wants any chance at their first victory, the defense will have to build on last week’s effort against Detroit and make the Raiders a one-dimensional offense.
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.