ALAMEDA -- The blossoming career of undrafted free agent Matt McGloin kicked into high gear Wednesday when Raiders coach Dennis Allen named him the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

"Matt McGloin earned the right to get another opportunity to start," Allen said.

McGloin completed 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns against the Houston Texans last Sunday in one of the more impressive starting debuts in NFL history.

He played only because of a sprained right knee that has hobbled Terrelle Pryor since Nov. 3.

Allen and Pryor said that Pryor's knee remains an issue. It's conceivable that Pryor will be the primary backup Sunday, as long as his knee gets stronger.

"I play a certain way, and I just got to be a little bit more healthy to do that," Pryor said of his heavy reliance upon running and moving around in the pocket.

Pryor practiced Wednesday, but he was limited because of his injury. He said he is receiving extra treatment at home but there's still discomfort.

Allen made the decision to go with McGloin after meeting with Pryor. Everyone seems on board with Allen's decision.

"You get hurt, other guys play well, why not continue with it?" Pryor said. "I don't blame Coach. I'm a team player. I'll be doing the looks for the corners, writing up a report for McGloin and helping the best that I can. I'm hoping that he has a lot of success."


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McGloin doesn't lack for confidence, which is part of what endears him to Allen and McGloin's teammates.

McGloin said he isn't sure what to expect long term but, for now, he believes he's the right person for the job.

"It's a performance-based business and, at the end of the day, you have to perform to play," he said. "We did play well last week. Coach is doing the right thing sticking with what we had and seeing what happens."

Pryor understands the business side of the NFL. After all, he earned the starting job in training camp by outperforming Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson and McGloin.

He said his focus now is on getting healthy, finding ways to get better and helping McGloin succeed.

Pryor started eight of Oakland's first nine games, with Flynn replacing Pryor for one game after Pryor suffered a concussion.

Flynn since has been released, and McGloin has burst onto the scene as an intriguing prospect at an unsettled position. That coincided with a precipitous drop in production by Pryor.

In Pryor's first four games, he completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 845 yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions and 11 sacks.

However, he completed only 50.8 percent of his passes for 714 yards in the past four games, with one touchdown, eight interceptions and 18 sacks.

McGloin has made the most of his chances at every stop during his football career. He knows full well that the pressure is on to show that his play against the Texans wasn't an aberration.

"As long as I play well, I would hope I get more and more opportunities to start," McGloin said.

Wide receiver Rod Streater said he and his teammates are all-in with McGloin.

"We have a lot of confidence in him," Streater said. "He came out very poised, made a lot of plays for us and helped us win the game. ... We just got to go with the changes."

  • Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring), receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) and defensive end Jason Hunter (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

    Receiver Andre Holmes (shoulder), guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and defensive tackle Daniel Muir (knee) practiced two days after they underwent MRI exams for their injuries.

    Allen said McFadden had a productive workout with a team trainer on the side Wednesday and that McFadden is "getting closer" to returning to practice. McFadden missed most of the past three games.

  • The Raiders activated linebacker Miles Burris from the physically unable to perform list and placed him on their 53-man roster. Burris started 15 games for the Raiders as a rookie last season. He missed all of the Raiders' offseason workouts, training camp and the first 10 games this season while recovering from knee surgery. Allen said there's a "chance" that Burris will play against the Titans.

  • Allen said he is targeting the game at Dallas on Thanksgiving for the 2013 debut of left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who has spent the past 3½ months rehabilitating from triceps surgery.

    Sunday's game
    Tennessee (4-6) at Raiders (4-6), 1:05 p.m. CBS