ALAMEDA -- The Raiders inch closer and closer to actually putting Terrelle Pryor in a game.
Pryor has suited up for each of the past two games without getting a snap, with game circumstances dictating otherwise. Coach Dennis Allen said the right opportunity could present itself Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum.
Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo said Thursday that the second-year quarterback has put in the requisite work to succeed.
"It's gone great. The kid hasn't let up (since training camp) in terms of work ethic and those things," DeFilippo said. "He's progressing nicely."
DeFilippo said Pryor never showed frustration at being inactive for 11 games of the season and has worked diligently on his footwork to improve his passing accuracy.
"There's always room for improvement in any quarterback, but he's making strides," DeFilippo said.
As for what kind of plays may be at Pryor's disposal, expect something that puts the quarterback in position to either run or pass based on his skill set.
"Whoever the quarterback is in there, whether it be Matt (Leinart), whether it be Carson (Palmer), whether it be Terrelle, you always want to do what they do best," DeFilippo said. "In terms of specific plays, that's up to (offensive coordinator) Greg (Knapp), but that's what we try to do in terms of the game plan."
"We'll evaluate him as we finish out the week, but I thought he practiced well yesterday and then early today," Allen said. "It kind of grabbed him a little bit, so we'll see."
The only player who missed practice was strong safety and leading tackler Tyvon Branch, out with ankle and neck injuries, with the ankle being the bigger issue.
"He was on the side working with the trainers," Allen said. "I'm hopeful that we'll be able to get him out here and practice a little bit tomorrow. His mindset is he wants to play this weekend."
The Raiders had their first blackout since the 2010 season finale on Dec. 2 against Cleveland, a game that drew 43,641 fans. Games against Tampa Bay (52,055), New Orleans (56,680) and Denver (53,807) qualified under the 85 percent rule involving non-suite sales.
In almost all cases, games where extensions were requested have ended up on television.
"Coach told you everything you could ask me," McClain said. "I ain't got nothing to say about anything."
Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said McClain was "a little under the weather Wednesday, but he's worked. He's going day-by-day and those two days have been good days."
There are no assurances that McClain will be active against Kansas City, with Omar Gaither starting at middle linebacker in the base defense.