Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

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Pryor ready for opener

Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been waiting a long time to play in a football game. After an aborted rookie season that included no preseason games and a penalty before his only snap in the regular season, Pryor is more than ready for the exhibition opener.

Pryor will get that chance tonight when the Raiders play at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

While Oakland coach Dennis Allen isn't telling players how much or when they will play, he said Pryor would get plenty of snaps at quarterback behind starter Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

"I can't wait," Pryor said. "It's been a long time for me to play football. It's what I was born to do. God blessed me. He gave me great talent and I just want to try to ... use it again. It's been a long time."

Pryor got very little out of a rookie season that was doomed from the start. He didn't decide to leave Ohio State until after the NFL draft following an investigation into the team's memorabilia-for- cash scandal that cost coach Jim Tressel his job. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell allowed Pryor into the supplemental draft but ruled he must serve the five-game suspension he would have faced in college. The Raiders used a third-round pick Aug. 22 to select Pryor and signed him three days later. Pryor participated in only three practices and no exhibition games before the suspension kicked in. Even when Pryor was activated, he mostly was a scout-team quarterback as the third-stringer behind Palmer and Kyle Boller.

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