ALAMEDA -- Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was more interested in discussing his progress as a quarterback Wednesday than taking a trip down memory lane to when he grew up some 30 miles from Pittsburgh and the world revolved around the Steelers.

"I never really went to a Steeler game," Pryor said. "I don't like going to games at all. I get bored. I'd rather be outside playing. I remember being a senior in high school and watching Big Ben (Roethlisberger), ... That's the past, and I was younger.

"Now it's time to go out and play against them."

Pryor will be watched closely when the Raiders host the Steelers on Sunday at O.co Coliseum, given his three interceptions in a 24-7 loss to Kansas City that took place before the bye week.

Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) looks to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at the O.co Coliseum in
Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) looks to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff file)

Both after the game and with the Bay Area media the next day, Pryor was harsh in his self-assessment. He continued along those lines Wednesday, saying he was responsible for at least eight of the 10 (later officially adjusted to nine) sacks he absorbed.

When the Raiders took time off after practicing Wednesday during the bye week, Pryor went back to work. Tom House, a coach of throwing mechanics who works with Pryor and has also instructed Tom Brady and Drew Brees, flew in from Los Angeles for a refresher course.

"We went to a field in the Oakland area, and I got better," Pryor said. "It was a great time to get some work in. I really didn't get any days off. There's no time to get off anyway. You have to work constantly to improve."


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Specifically, Pryor said, House stressed balance and "setting my right ear behind my back foot, to explode. I wasn't exploding as much as I should be. That was the thing we really attacked and got better at as the bye week progressed."

Getting instruction from outside the coaching staff is a growing trend necessitated by the collective bargaining agreement. Pryor was obligated to be away from the Raiders for four days during the bye week, so coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo were off limits.

"If you're going to go with somebody, that's the guy I respect and believe in," Olson said of House before the Raiders adjourned for their bye. "I'm perfectly fine with that."

Given Pryor's predilection for self-improvement, it wasn't as if he was going to spend his down time at the beach.

In an interview with 95.7 The Game, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Pryor is borderline obsessive when it comes to improvement.

"Until you win every game and every pass is completed and every protection is called the right way, he's not going to be pleased," Tressel said. "That's just his nature."

Perfectionism is a character trait Pryor said he is working to refine.

"There's a balance I need to start having," Pryor said. "I think there are times where you have to appreciate progress, and if you keep hammering home on yourself ... it's just negative thought. I have to be careful with that, because your mind is very powerful."

  • Center Stefen Wisniewski (knee) was optimistic about facing Pittsburgh after being limited in practice. So was Raiders coach Dennis Allen.

    "All signs are he'll be ready to go,'' Allen said.

    The news wasn't so good regarding the rest of the offensive line, as tackle Tony Pashos (hip flexor), center-guard Andre Gurode (knee) and tackle Menelik Watson (calf) did not practice.

  • The Raiders claimed linebacker Martez Wilson off waivers from the New Orleans Saints. Wilson, a third-round draft pick out of Illinois in 2012, played in 33 games with one start and five sacks as an end and linebacker.

    Defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi was waived, leaving defensive lineman Jack Crawford and wide receiver Juron Criner as the only members of Reggie McKenzie's first draft class currently on the 53-man roster.

    Third-round pick Tony Bergstrom is on injured reserve, fourth-round pick Miles Burris on the physically unable to perform list, and seventh-round selection Nate Stupar was waived and now plays for the 49ers.

  • The Raiders are providing 800 tickets, as well as transportation and meals Sunday, for students in the Oakland Unified School District, part of a program called First and Goal Kids.

    Former Raiders tackle Lincoln Kennedy will address the students before the game about safety on and off the field and maintaining proper health.

    SUNDAY'S GAME

    Pittsburgh (2-4) at Raiders (2-4), 1:05 p.m. CBS