ALAMEDA -- Terrelle Pryor was first up when the Raiders broke the huddle for their first drill Monday, and although Raiders coach Dennis Allen declined to name a starting quarterback, at least two media outlets were reporting Pryor to be the starting quarterback for the season opener.

The San Francisco Chronicle, citing league sources, reported Pryor to be the starter over Matt Flynn. The NFL Network reported Raiders players had been told Pryor would start Sunday in Indianapolis against the Colts.

"I'm sure all of you have your questions on who the starting quarterback is going to be and what we're going to do there," Allen said after practice. "I'm really not going to get into that for competitive reasons.

"We've got a plan. Unless we start out in the Wildcat, we'll have a quarterback out there the first snap of the game. We'll just leave it at that."

Pryor politely declined to comment in the locker room, and Matt Flynn was not available for comment.

Flynn, who sat out last week to rest a sore throwing arm, was suited up and was passing during drills.

"I think the (rest) helped him," Allen said. "I don't anticipate it will be an issue."

Even if Pryor were not the starter, his ability to use his feet to create plays when the blocking breaks down would get him some playing time in certain situations with a set package of plays.

"We really don't have a choice about who plays," wide receiver Jacoby Ford said. "We'll be comfortable with whoever is at the helm."


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There have been three recent examples of Raiders coaches who attempted to fool the opponent regarding the identity of the quarterback, and all three games were losses.

In 2007, rookie coach Lane Kiffin wouldn't name a starter between Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper. McCown started, and the Raiders lost the opener 36-21 to the Detroit Lions.

In 2010, coach Tom Cable made Bruce Gradkowski the surprise starter, replacing Jason Campbell, and the result was a 33-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

After Campbell broke his collarbone in 2011, coach Hue Jackson kept alive the notion that newly acquired Carson Palmer could start against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kyle Boller started instead and lasted until halftime of a 28-0 loss.

  • Quarterback Tyler Wilson went unclaimed through waivers, and the Raiders added him to their practice squad.

    "Tyler's a guy that needs some time to develop, but we had to make a decision on what we could take on our 53-man roster right now, and we went with Matt McGloin," Allen said.

  • Punter Marquette King simply out-kicked Chris Kluwe and earned the right to replace Shane Lechler as the punter.

    "When you give it your all, you've just got to sit back and be patient," King said. "I felt like I gave it my all."

    Said Allen: "He out-punted him. Marquette won the competition as the punter, and we'll continue to work with the holding situation."

    King has worked diligently on his holding for place kicks, and while Allen will look at other possibilities, the plan is to have King be the holder against Indianapolis.

  • The Raiders signed veteran tackle Tony Pashos and released Alex Barron. Although he has played almost exclusively on the right side during his career, Pashos becomes the backup on both the left and right side for Menelik Watson and Khalif Barnes.

    Pashos, 33, is a 10-year veteran of five teams. He sat out last season but had 12 starts for Cleveland in 2011. He was released by the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

  • Cornerback Chance Casey, wide receiver Greg Jenkins, tight end Brian Leonhardt, guard Lamar Mady and safety Shelton Johnson, all waived Saturday by the Raiders, were signed to the practice squad.

    The Raiders also signed linebacker Marshall McFadden (waived by Pittsburgh) and offensive tackle Matt McCants (waived by the New York Giants).

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