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Oakland Raiders’ Backfield Plagued with Injuries

Terrelle Pryor

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders have finally figured out what time they’ll take the field Sunday, but their starting backfield remains unclear until later this week.

Running back Darren McFadden, fullback Marcel Reece and quarterback Terrelle Pryor are all under close watch this week to decide whether or not they will be cleared to play against the San Diego Chargers in an 8:35 pm local start at O.co Coliseum.

According to Raider head coach Dennis Allen, Pryor sat out of the Washington game in part because he requested a shaded visor after being cleared medically for receiving a concussion. At this time he appears to be the most likely of the three to play.

Reece (knee strain) and McFadden (hamstring strain) were both out by the second quarter. Rashad Jennings and Jamize Olawale came in to take over the carries.

Pryor was forced to watch from the sideline as Matt Flynn threw an interception, lost a fumble and took seven sacks. His interception was returned for a Redskins defensive touchdown.

Allen confirmed that Pryor was in line to start Sunday until he asked for a shaded visor to be placed in his helmet the night prior to the game.

“Sensitivity to light is obviously a symptom, and when you have that symptom we can’t put him at risk,” Allen said Monday at his weekly press conference.

According to Allen, Pryor will not play until he is free of symptoms.

Allen wouldn’t specify the extent of McFadden’s injury and said Reece had an MRI, but doesn’t require surgery.

After Flynn’s horrible performance, the Raiders can’t get their key players back soon enough.