Pryor to start Sunday for Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jeannette's 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 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 said 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.
Lewis to start at QB for Browns
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.
Source: New deal for Payton
Two people familiar with the deal say suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension. The agreement was first reported by Fox Sports.
Ryan wants to remain with Jets
No matter what, Rex Ryan wants to be the New York Jets coach for years to come.
He opened his news conference Friday by denouncing a published report that said he would welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesn't upgrade the offense.
He said: “There's no bigger Jet than me.”
He also said the Jets are the “only team I want to coach — period.” He hoped to be in the job “for the next 15 years.”
A fine day for fines
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend. Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland's Tommy Kelly after a play was over. Newton shouted at and bumped referee Jerome Boger in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 17-6 victory.
New England's Vince Wilfork was docked $30,000 for hitting Jacksonville offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head with his forearm.