ALAMEDA -- The Raiders were continuing their policy of keeping their starting quarterback a secret Wednesday as they began preparations in earnest for their regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Players who weren't practicing were tight end David Ausberry (shoulder), left tackle Jared Veldheer (left triceps) and place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (calf strain).
Free safety Usama Young, who didn't practice Monday with an undisclosed injury, was back on the field.
With Raiders coach Dennis Allen declining to name a starter while hoping for a ``competitive advantage,'' Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano told the Bay Area media by conference call his team was preparing for both Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn.
``We've crossed that bridge a couple times before, and we're going to prepare for both guys,'' Pagano said. ``Whoever they choose to line up under center, hopefully we'll be prepared to do the best we can against them. ''
Pagano said not knowing for certain who the starter is does change things in terms of preparation.
`It is easier when you come out and say who the guy is,'' Pagano said. ``You deal with it and you get the plays in that you feel like you're going to see. We know that both guys are capable and we know both guys can beat you. We'll do our due diligence throughout the week in preparation for the game and prepare to face whoever lines up under center.''
Regarding Pryor, Pagano said, ``The guy is an excellent athlete. We know that he's a big, strong guy who is incredible mobile. He can create, can make all the throws and launch one a country mile.''
Pagano said the Raiders are running plays which suit Pryor's skill set.
``They do a great job of moving Terrelle around on bootlegs and rollouts and on the read option,'' Pagano said. ``Sometimes, when he drops back to pass he can take off. You have to be disciplined with your pass rush guys to contain this guy. He can scramble to run or scramble to throw the thing down the field.''