NFL notebook: Report: Pryor to start at QB for Raiders
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Jeannette High School graduate Terrelle Pryor will be the Raiders' starting quarterback in their regular-season opener against the Colts. Raiders coach Dennis Allen informed Pryor of the decision on Monday morning, according to the report.
Pryor was 7 of 9 for 93 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's final preseason game, a 34-26 loss to Chicago. New acquisition Matt Flynn, by contrast, threw two interceptions in just six attempts in the game. Flynn was considered the favorite to be the Raiders' starter early in training camp.
Flynn spent last season as a backup in Seattle. He has appeared in 37 games, starting two, over five NFL seasons, the first four with Green Bay.
Pryor's made only one career start for the Raiders in his two seasons with the team. The 24-year-old started Oakland's 2012 regular-season finale in December, a 24-21 loss to the Chargers. In that game, Pryor threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns while adding 49 yards and another touchdown on the ground.
He has appeared in just three other NFL games since coming out of Ohio State.
Cushing gets extension
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing signed a six-year contract extension.
A person familiar with negotiations confirmed the deal Tuesday night.
The deal is reportedly worth more than $55 million.
The 26-year-old linebacker returned to the field this summer after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 of last season.
Browns sign Cundiff
Billy Cundiff reached agreement with Cleveland, filling an unexpected hole the Browns created with less than a week left before their season opener against the Dolphins.
It's Cundiff's second stint with the Browns. He was with the club in 2009, when he made all six of his field-goal attempts while filling in for Phil Dawson, who was sidelined with a calf injury.
Cundiff replaces the dependable Dawson, the best field-goal kicker in Browns history and second-leading career scorer who didn't re-sign after last season and is now with San Francisco.
Denver's Bailey suits up
Champ Bailey returned to practice two days before the Broncos host the Ravens in the season opener.
The Pro Bowl cornerback was limited in individual drills during the session open to the media. Bailey has been out since spraining his left foot Aug. 17 in a preseason game.
Bailey indicated his playing status remains “up in the air” for Thursday night since the troublesome ankle still sometimes hampers him when he backpedals or runs side to side.
Around the league
Guard Danny Watkins, a former first-round draft pick, signed one-year contract with the Dolphins after being cut by the Eagles. ... The Cowboys acquired defensive end Caesar Rayford from the Colts for an undisclosed draft pick. ... The Saints placed linebacker Jonathan Vilma on injured reserve, designated to return this season. The Saints also re-signed receiver Robert Meachem after he was released by the Chargers. ... The Falcons signed offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood, who started 84 games in seven seasons with Tampa Bay.
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