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Terrelle Pryor sends mixed messages about concussion

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Terrelle Pryor was sending mixed messages about his condition after suffering a concussion Monday night in the Oakland Raiders’ loss to the Denver Broncos.

First, he seemed to exhibit signs that he might not be cleared in time to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

But then…it was all good.

Because of NFL concussion protocol, Pryor wasn’t available for any lengthier discussion of his condition Monday night and he must pass a battery of tests before being cleared to play sunday. The Raiders, though, hope the latter tweet is more accurate because their chances for success hinge on Pryor’s continuing growth at quarterback. Although they lost Monday night, he completed 19 of 28 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown. That TD, a 73-yard pass to Denarius Moore, was the most impressive moment of what was only his fourth NFL start.

“It was just Terrelle sitting in the pocket and nobody was getting open,” Moore said. ”I saw the safety coming in a little bit out of the corner of my eye, so I broke off my route and turned it up the field. It gave us some confidence that we were still able to move the ball, even with times like that, and coming back play after play and believing in ourselves.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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