ALAMEDA, Calif. — Terrelle Pryor will make his first career start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in their season finale in San Diego.
Coach Dennis Allen announced Friday that he is picking Pryor to start Sunday's game in place of the injured Carson Palmer. Pryor and Matt Leinart had been splitting time in practice earlier this week but Allen decided to go with the younger Pryor.
Allen says the decision was partly about wanting to have Pryor's athleticism in the game as well as looking to the future. The Raiders want to see what Pryor is able to do in extensive playing time before going into the offseason.
Pryor has been on the field for just seven snaps this season.
BEREA, Ohio — Thad Lewis will make his first career start against the NFL's top defense.
Cleveland's third-string quarterback will start the season finale Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, filling in for injured quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy, who are both nursing sprained right shoulders. Browns coach Pat Shurmur told Lewis he would make the start following Friday's practice.
He said, ‘You're the man,' Lewis said. It's exciting. It's a blessing for a childhood dream to come true.
Weeden and McCoy were not able to practice all week after being injured during the second half of a lopsided loss last week in Denver. Lewis took all the snaps with the first-team offense during practice, and the Browns signed free agent Josh Johnson earlier this week as added insurance in case Weeden and McCoy were still hurt.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville's worst season in franchise history may include a botched injury.
Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery on his left foot Friday and will be out at least until May. The operation came 10 weeks after Jones-Drew hurt his foot at Oakland on Oct. 21 and created plenty of questions about why the team didn't opt for surgery months ago.
The Jaguars (2-13) were 1-5 after that loss, in the middle of a seven-game losing streak, and knew Jones-Drew would be out an extended period. Surgery was an option back then. Instead, the team held out hope Jones-Drew could return.
We had hoped it would — as others have — heal without surgery, and it didn't, coach Mike Mularkey said Friday.
Mularkey said the two-month delay means little because players can't start offseason work with coaches until April 15.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ed Reed's $55,000 fine for a hit near the head in last week's game is evidence of an imperfect system, Reed's coach said on Friday.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if Reed's punishment fit the penalty he was called for, which was for a hit near Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz's head and neck area.
Replays showed Reed lower his shoulder into Cruz, connecting first with his chest. Reed's shoulder then made contact with Cruz's facemask and drew a 15-yard penalty.
The system is not perfect, although the motivation is correct and the idea is right, Harbaugh said. It's still a work in progress. I know our guys are doing everything they can, and I'm proud of our guys, to try to play within the rules and respect player safety. Sometimes it's easier said than done, but they are doing their best.