NFL notebook: Raiders' coach won't publicly name starting QB

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 7:24 p.m.

The Colts come into the season opener with a proven quarterback, a playoff pedigree and the home-field advantage over the Raiders.

The Raiders are hoping the element of surprise will be enough to overcome those hurdles.

Coach Dennis Allen is refusing to name his starting quarterback for “competitive” reasons even though all signs point to Jeannette's Terrelle Pryor getting that call over Matt Flynn on Sunday in Indianapolis.

“I'm preparing like I always do, like I will be the starter,” Pryor said Wednesday.

The San Francisco Chronicle and reported Monday that Pryor would start.

Rob Gronkowski is making steady progress after forearm and back operations. Now he just has to get back into condition. The star tight end isn't saying if he expects to play in New England's opener Sunday at Buffalo, but he's noticeably skinnier after cutting back on his usual workouts while recovering.

• Following weeks of attempting to address an injury-depleted quarterback position, Bills coach Doug Marrone said rookie EJ Manuel will start Sunday. Manuel's status had been in question after he had what the team called a “minor procedure” on his left knee Aug. 18.

• A decision on Blaine Gabbert's return from a broken thumb could stretch until game day. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said that his quarterback decision “very easily could” last until before Sunday's game against Kansas City. If Gabbert can't play, backup Chad Henne would get the start.

• The Lions acknowledged that rookie defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah is recovering from a concussion. Ansah, the No. 5 pick in this year's draft, did not travel for the team's preseason finale at Buffalo last week. Ansah did not practice Wednesday, although he did some running off to the side during the portion of practice that was open to reporters.

• Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth hasn't fully recovered from offseason surgery to clean out his left knee, jeopardizing his chances of playing the season opener at Chicago.

Darrelle Revis' return from knee surgery that's sidelined him nearly a year is set for Sunday, when Tampa Bay opens the season against the three-time All-Pro's old team, the Jets.

— AP

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