OAKLAND -- It was the first time Terrelle Pryor took a meaningful snap in a football game since Jan. 4, 2011, the Sugar Bowl, and before scandal essentially ended his college career at Ohio State.Pryor played the entire second half for the Raiders in their eventual 3-0 loss to Dallas in both team's exhibition opener and, well, we'll let him describe his play."I'm angry at myself," Pryor said as he sat at his locker. "I don't think I played well. I thought Matt (Leinart) played great. I thought Carson (Palmer) played great. I thought everyone else on the team played great. I just think I played like dog crap."So I'm mad about that, about how I played today. So I'm angry and I'm going to come back stronger next week."A pretty harsh self-assessment for Al Davis' last draft pick, no?Pryor finished eight of 15 for 50 yards, with two sacks and an interception. His passer rating? An unsightly 32.6. He did, however, run for 21 yards on six carries."I was pleased he was able to get out there and get some reps and get some experience," said coach Dennis Allen. "Obviously, we have to do a little better job getting in and out of the huddle, and getting the play snapped a little bit sooner, but those are all things that can be corrected."He's a work in progress and just like I've always talked about, I want to see him get a little better every day."Pryor's showed his erratic arm and his "sinker" was on display, as were his ankle-breaking moves.In the end, though, they simply were not enough against the Cowboys. Even if Palmer thought Pryor had something to grow from in his outing."Just proud of the way he fought and fought and fought," Palmer said. "Things didn't go right, but he kept fighting."I'll be there for Terrelle, he knows that. But hes a very confident guy, obviously very talented. Hes played quarterback for long enough to know you cant show negative body language. Hes bummed mentally, but hes a champ. Hes a professional, and for being so young, hell bounce back. I cant wait to watch him play again next week."The Raiders play at Arizona on Friday."I thought my progressions were a little better," Pryor said. "I think sometimes I had some good throws but alsomy feet were messing up. I just played like dog crap, and Im mad. Im mad at myself. Its my fault we lost, Im mad about that too."
First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor.
The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.
Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back.
But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.
“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.
FOX Sports was first to report the news.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.
He’ll also be a spectator next week.
The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.
The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.
He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.
Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.
By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.
Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.
The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.
Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.
The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.
Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.
Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.
“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.
His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.
Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.
If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.