The Oakland Raiders are ready to get a long look at Terrelle Pryor to see if he can be their quarterback of the future.

Pryor got the nod to start Sunday’s season finale in San Diego in place of the injured Carson Palmer. After being deemed not ready to be the backup when Palmer got hurt last week in Carolina, Pryor now gets the chance to make his first career start.

“We know what his strengths are, we know what his weaknesses are,” coach Dennis Allen said Friday. “But really, to give him an opportunity to go out in a game, against a division opponent, at their place, and give him a chance to play, it gives us a view into the future.”

Allen said he told Pryor and Matt Leinart early in the week that he was leaning to Pryor but wanted to see how practice developed. He said he thought Pryor responded well and now wants to see what his athleticism can bring to a team that has failed to score a touchdown the past two weeks.

Pryor said he’s confident he is ready to start his first game since the Sugar Bowl for Ohio State against Arkansas on Jan. 4, 2011, but admitted to having some anxiety.

“I’m nervous. Until the first play I’m going to be nervous,” he said. “I’m human like you guys. I’m human like everybody. I just happen to play one of the best sports in the world. I’ll be nervous until the first snap.”

Pryor was taken in the third round of the supplemental draft in August 2011 by late Raiders owner Al Davis. Pryor missed almost all of training camp and then served a five-game suspension before he could be activated. He got on the field just once as a rookie — committing a false start before his only play — as he needed to work on his footwork and mechanics.

Pryor got a few chances to shine in the preseason but was then inactive the first 11 games of this year. He played briefly the past two weeks in specialty packages. He completed 1-of-2 passes for 5 yards, ran the ball once for 2 yards and caught a 22-yard pass.

Pryor said he guarantees he will have no problems with the logistics of quarterback, calling the play in the huddle, getting to the line of scrimmage on time and recognizing defenses.

“I’m confident,” he said. “I’m sure my teammates have confidence in me as well. Like I said, you can’t put everything on my shoulders, can’t try to do everything. Just go out and let the players make plays and let myself make plays.”

Jones-Drew has surgery

Jacksonville’s worst season in franchise history may include a botched injury. Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery on his left foot Friday and will be out at least until May. The operation came 10 weeks after Jones-Drew hurt his foot at Oakland on Oct. 21 and created plenty of questions about why the team didn’t opt for surgery months ago. The Jaguars were 1-5 after that loss.

Around the league

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is expected to start Sunday against Jacksonville after returning to practice Friday even though he was limited by an injured right ankle. … Kick returner Trindon Holliday is doubtful for the Denver Broncos’ season finale against Kansas City because of a sprained ankle. … Receiver Davone Bess has been ruled out of the Miami Dolphins’ season finale Sunday at New England because of a back injury. … The Indianapolis Colts ruled out defensive end Cory Redding (quad) and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (ankle) for Sunday’s game against Houston.

Ravens’ Reed fined

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants’ Victor Cruz last weekend. Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. He had a one-game suspension for several helmet-to-helmet hits reduced to a $50,000 fine last month.