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NFL notebook: Injured Raiders QB returns to practice

Associated Press

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, three days after being knocked out with a concussion, and his status for Sunday’s game remains in question.

Pryor passed a concussion test Wednesday that allowed him to return to practice but he still must be cleared for contact before the Raiders (1-2) decide whether to play him Sunday against Washington (0-3).

“There’s still some hurdles that he has to clear but he was cleared to go ahead and non-contact practice,” coach Dennis Allen said. “He was able to get in there and practice some on a limited basis today.”

During the part of practice open to the media, Pryor did conditioning without a helmet and watched backups Matt Flynn and Matt McGloin run practice. But Allen said that Pryor put the helmet on later and got some plays in with his teammates.

Allen said he’d like to know as soon as possible about Pryor’s status and that he won’t speculate about whether Pryor, a former OSU standout, will play until doctors clear him for contact.

Pryor was hurt late in Monday’s loss in Denver when he was knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Wesley Woodyard on a draw. The hit was determined to be legal by the NFL because Pryor was a runner between the tackles.

Pryor was cleared to attend meetings and have physical activity Wednesday and passed an additional test after that to allow him to practice. Pryor said Wednesday it was his first concussion and described the symptoms as mild.

49ers 35, Rams 11

Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season and the San Francisco 49ers’ defense stepped up without some of its stars in a rout over the host St. Louis Rams (1-3) on Thursday night.

Anquan Boldin had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Gore had 153 yards on 20 carries and a 34-yard score for San Francisco (2-2), which was outscored 46-10 the previous two games. Navarro Bowman had two of the 49ers’ five sacks with a strip leading to a fourth-quarter scoring run by Anthony Dixon.

The Rams took the early lead Thursday before falling flat.

Greg Zuerlein banged in a 40-yard field goal off the right upright to end a nine-game scoring drought in the first quarter, but the 49ers answered with 28 consecutive points.

Around the league

Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho was held out of practice along with backup linebacker Paris Lenon. Ihenacho sprained his right ankle two weeks ago. Lenon has a sore thigh. … Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake and defensive tackle Paul Soliai are taking part in practice on a limited basis despite nursing injuries. Wake left Sunday’s win over Atlanta because of a left knee injury, and Soliai sat out with a knee injury. … Two crucial agreements governing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium remain open to negotiation between the team and the public authority that will run the facility, leading the authority’s board Thursday to delay ratification of the documents.


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