ALAMEDA -- Matt Flynn went through his practice repetitions as usual Thursday, waiting his turn to work with the second team as Terrelle Pryor prepares to take the national stage against the Denver Broncos.

It was a job that looked to be Flynn's until a poor performance against the Chicago Bears in the third preseason game, with Pryor stepping forward with a big game and opening the door to recreating the offense with an athletic runner/passer.

It will be Pryor that takes the field against Peyton Manning and the Broncos when the Raiders visit the Denver Broncos on Monday night at Sports Authority Field.

Oakland Raiders’ Matt Flynn scrambles after a fumble as Chicago Bears’ Corey Wootton tries to tackle him  at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.
Oakland Raiders' Matt Flynn scrambles after a fumble as Chicago Bears' Corey Wootton tries to tackle him at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (Jim Gensheimer, Bay Area News Group)

Flynn, a willing and able interview subject throughout training camp, has declined interview requests since Pryor was named the starter as he copes with losing a starting position for the second straight season.

A year ago, under similar circumstances, Flynn, signed as a free agent to be the presumptive starter, was having issues with elbow soreness and rookie third-round draft pick Russell Wilson ended up winning the job.

While Pryor spoke often during training camp about Flynn's positive influence in the quarterback room, he sidestepped the question when speaking with the media Wednesday.

``I can't really worry about or think about whether guys are still dwelling on stuff,'' Pryor said. ``I've got a job to do, my butt's on the line, so I've got to get the guys going and not really worry about that stuff.''

General manager Reggie McKenzie said he thought rest has helped Flynn's arm and that he'd be ready to play if called upon.

He said he shouldn't have been too surprised, given the difficulties he was having throwing the ball.

``He knew his arm was giving him problems. I know he can't be shocked too much with that,'' McKenzie said. ``But when we said we're going to go with Pryor as our guy, I'm sure, anybody worth their salt, they aren't going to be excited about it.''

-- Left guard Lucas Nix (ankle), strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), left tackle Menelik Watson (knee) and tight end David Ausberry (shoulder) were not practicing, meaning the likely starters at those positions are Andre Gurode, Brandian Ross, Khalif Barnes and Jeron Mastrud.

-- Weak side linebacker Kevin Burnett left practice during the media window.

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