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Associated Press

The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice Wednesday and was working with the first team after missing last week’s game with a concussion.

Running back Darren McFadden is still sidelined by a hamstring injury that prevented him from finishing last week’s game.

The Raiders had hoped Pryor would play last Sunday against Washington but decided to hold him out after he complained of sensitivity to light Saturday night — a classic concussion symptom.

The former Ohio State standout is once again symptom free and appears on target to resume his starting role when the Raiders (1-3) host San Diego (2-2) on Sunday night.

He plans to be the same player he was before the injury, not worried about taking another hard hit like the one Wesley Woodyard delivered on Sept. 23 in Denver that led to the concussion.

Steelers add lineman

Levi Brown failed to live up to his pedigree with the Arizona Cardinals. The winless Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping a change of scenery might help Brown turn his career — and Pittsburgh’s sagging season — around.

Both teams announced Wednesday that the Steelers acquired Brown for a conditional draft pick. As a rookie, Brown started at right tackle for Arizona’s 2008 Super Bowl team, then was moved to left tackle. But Brown, 29, never became the dominant blocker the Cardinals envisioned.

Ravens bolster line

After watching the Baltimore Ravens yield 12 sacks and average a scant 64 yards rushing during the first four games, General Manager Ozzie Newsome obtained left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars for two draft picks. The trade had not been formally finalized by Wednesday afternoon, so Monroe did not practice with the team. But coach John Harbaugh expects the 6-foot-5, 305-pounder to immediately challenge Bryant McKinnie for the starting job at left tackle.

Denver linebacker hurt

Denver Broncos weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan was carted off the field with a knee injury at practice Wednesday. There was no immediate word on the severity. Teammates said Trevathan was hurt toward the end of the workout. Coach John Fox only mentioned the second-year linebacker in passing when rattling off injuries after practice, saying Trevathan was “limited, knee.”

Steven Johnson is listed as Trevathan’s backup.

Around the league

The San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback John Skelton to a one-year contract, giving them a strong-armed third-stringer under center. Skelton, 25, signed a day after the reigning NFC champions waived rookie B.J. Daniels. … The Seattle Seahawks added a third quarterback to their roster by claiming Daniels off waivers from San Francisco. The Seahawks released rookie linebacker John Lotulelei. … Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon returned from a four-game suspension and practiced with the team Wednesday. … The New York Jets signed David Nelson to add depth to a banged-up receiving corps. He signed with Cleveland in the offseason but was among the Browns’ final cuts before the regular season. … The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Kevin Olgetree to a one-year contract, a source told the Associated Press. The source spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. Ogletree was cut by Tampa Bay on Tuesday. … Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin said the NFL fined him $21,000 for his hit on New York Jets receiver Stephen Hill.


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