ALAMEDA -- The last time we saw Terrelle Pryor truly in his element, he compiled 227 yards on three pass completions and five runs and accounted for three touchdowns.
It was Aug. 26, and the Raiders beat the Detroit Lions 31-20 at O.co Coliseum in their third preseason game.
Pryor played again the following week against Seattle, going 6-for-9 for 55 yards in a 21-3 loss to the Seahawks, and hasn't suited up on game day since. Pryor has been inactive in all 11 games.
"I feel like I haven't played in a year," Pryor said.
Whether Pryor suits up and has a role Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, only coach Dennis Allen knows for sure, and he's not saying.
But Allen did leave open the possibility of having Pryor, a supplemental third-round draft pick last year out of Ohio State, suiting up as a third quarterback.
"I think somewhere down the line we need to see what he can do," Allen said. "Now when that time is, I don't know the exact answer for that yet. But there will be a time where we've got to get a look at him."
Given that Pryor would be the No. 3 quarterback, the likelihood is he would be involved in specialty packages to take advantage of his athletic ability.
Through 11 games, the Raiders have shown no inclination to deviate from their normal offense, and Carson Palmer is the unquestioned starter.
Pryor would allow the capability of planned quarterback runs or run/pass option
Asked how he might be used, Pryor declined comment, but he did say he's been working diligently on his passing and has seen improvement.
"I've been doing a lot of footwork," Pryor said. "It's amazing, the accuracy I have now. I'm able to step into my throws and throw it exactly where I want, and I've got to keep getting better at that."
Pryor won't pretend that sitting and watching for 11 weeks has been easy, mustering up what he calls "false enthusiasm." He is mostly running the scout team offense, simulating the opponent that week.
"As a quarterback, you have to do that," Pryor said. "I don't play, and I don't get any reps in practice, so I have to have false enthusiasm to get the guys going whenever they're slacking a little bit or kind of tired. It's tough, but that's the calling for me right now. I've got to deal with it."
Pryor said he has the playbook mastered, but concedes understanding something in a meeting room and applying it on the field are two different things.
"If we were to talk and you were to give me a formation for this upcoming week I'd know every single play," Pryor said. "I'd know where everyone's at, I'd know all the responsibilities. That's on paper, that's not on the field with four guys 300-pounds flying at you, so I don't know."
The Raiders have until 1 p.m. (PST) to place him on waivers. Other options are keeping him on the roster or issuing a suspension. If placed on waivers, another team could claim McClain and owe him approximately $285,000 for the balance of the season.
His contract jumps to more than $4 million next season.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) and defensive end Jack Crawford (toe) were not practicing.