ALAMEDA -- Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor admits he wasn't completely forthcoming last week regarding his right knee sprain and was a spectator Wednesday while backup Matt McGloin took snaps with the first-team offense.

"It was the competitive nature in myself," Pryor said. "I was thinking, 'I can go out, I've just got to do this. I can go sit in the pocket.' It fired back against me. I didn't want to let my teammates down.''

Coach Dennis Allen said the team will "monitor Terrelle as he goes through the week and see how he's feeling as the week goes on."

If Pyror is unable to play Sunday against Houston, McGloin would become the third starting quarterback for the Raiders this season.

After not letting on regarding his knee last week, Pryor wasn't making any bold predictions about facing the Texans at Reliant Stadium.

"It's up to the training staff and D.A.," he said. "However he feels about the situation, that's on him. And, obviously, myself, how I feel."

Pryor was 11-of-26 passing for 122 yards, one touchdown and an interception that Terrell Thomas returned 65 yards to set up the go-ahead touchdown as the New York Giants beat the Raiders 24-20 on Sunday.

In each of his first four games, Pryor never completed less than 62.4 percent of his passes, had games with passer ratings of 112.4 and 135.7 and had four touchdown passes and two interceptions.


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In each of the past four games, he hasn't completed more than 53.7 percent of his passes and has one TD pass and eight interceptions.

Pryor said he's no less confident in his ability.

"I think I still bring excitement. I think I make people's eyes go wide on plays," he said. "I'm not too worried about a loss of confidence at all. It's just a learned lesson, and you try to put your head down and keep digging."

McGloin, an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, played late in a 49-20 loss to Philadelphia after Pryor twisted his knee on a scramble. McGloin completing 7 of 15 passes for 87 yards.

A McGloin start would take the read-option series out of play and give the Raiders an offense similar to what they anticipated until the departed Matt Flynn foundered and Pryor won the job.

McGloin was encouraged by the way the offense responded Wednesday.

"We're obviously two different quarterbacks," he said. "Terrelle can do a lot of great things. I obviously don't have the running ability he has, but I bring some good things to the table. I was proud of the way our offense handled me being in there for the first time."

If Pryor is inactive against Houston, Allen said the Raiders likely would promote fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson from the practice squad to be the backup quarterback.

  • There are reinforcements on the way for the injury-riddled offensive line in the form of tackles Tony Pashos and Jared Veldheer, although perhaps not right way.

    Pashos, out the past four games with a hip injury, was limited in practice. Veldheer, who had triceps surgery late in training camp, put the pads on and began a 21-day clock during which time he can be taken of the injured reserve/designated for return list and placed on the 53-man roster.

    Allen said Pashos did get some first-team reps and "if he's totally healthy you could see him in there."

    Pashos said he participated only in the walk-through "and some individual stuff" and couldn't speculate on his availability.

    "I'm happy to be out there and not in the training room," he said.

    Whether it's Pashos or rookie Menelik Watson, the right tackle will have his hands full with Texans left defensive end J.J. Watt. Last season's NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Watt had two forced fumbles and recoveries in a 27-24 loss to Arizona last weekend and has sacks in each of his past four games.

    Veldheer's progress will be monitored closely, and Allen wouldn't speculate when he could play in a game.

    "Hopefully, it will be soon," Allen said.

  • Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and cornerback DJ Hayden (groin) were working with trainers before heading inside once practice began.

    Others who didn't participate in practice included strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), kicker Sebastian Janikowski (ribs), wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs) and tackle Matt McCants (toe).

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    Sunday's game

    Raiders (3-6) at Houston (2-7), 10 a.m., CBS