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Raiders to give Pryor 4 years

NAPA, Calif. — Quarterback Terrelle Pryor agreed to a four-year contract with the Raiders on Thursday, three days after being picked in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft, the Associated Press and ESPN reported.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Pryor had arrived in the Oakland area and was expected to sign late Thursday.

Pryor can start practicing today. The Raiders play their third exhibition game Sunday against New Orleans and it is unlikely Pryor would play. The Raiders then will have three practices before the exhibition finale at Seattle on Sept. 2.

After that game, Pryor will be ineligible to practice until serving a five-game suspension handed out by commissioner Roger Goodell for the same number of games he would have sat had he returned to Ohio State. Pryor has said he will not appeal.

Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes after an investigation into a memorabilia-for-cash scandal.

Oakland's starter is Jason Campbell, now in his second season with the Raiders.

Ponder third in Vikings' QB rotation

Coach Leslie Frazier said Joe Webb will be the No. 2 quarterback Saturday against the Cowboys, pushing the Metrodome debut of former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder to the fourth quarter.

With starter Donovan McNabb expected to play into the third quarter, Webb probably will finish the third quarter and possibly start the fourth before Ponder gets on the field.

Webb and Ponder are in a tight competition for the No. 2 job. Frazier told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he is excited to see Webb run the wildcat.

"It's perfectly made for Joe," Frazier said.

Jets-Giants: The Giants and Jets moved up the starting time of their preseason game to 2 p.m. on Saturday due to the threat of Hurricane Irene, which was on track to reach the New York area by Sunday.

Bears: Soldier Field is getting new sod, set to be installed over the Labor Day weekend and in time for the opener against Atlanta on Sept. 11.

Bills: Linebacker Reggie Torbor, who started seven games last year, was placed on injured reserve (shoulder), while receivers Roscoe Parrish (left calf), Donald Jones (head) and Naaman Roosevelt (right ankle), and linebackers Arthur Moats (leg) and Chris Kelsay (eye surgery) are all sidelined.

Titans: Coach Mike Munchak says the team hasn't talked about trading holdout Chris Johnson and the answer would be no if the star running back asked for such a move. "We would figure he's under contract for two years, he's going to be a Titan and we would hope a longer term than that," Munchak said.

PReseason games: Cincinnati rookie quarterback Andy Dalton completed 11 of 17 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in leading four first-half scoring drives in a 24-13 win over the visiting Panthers. Carolina's Cam Newton, the overall No. 1 pick, was 6-for-19 for 75 yards and rushed for a 16-yard TD. … Quarterback Michael Vick led three scoring drives, the first-team defense pitched a shutout and the host Eagles beat the Browns 24-14. Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson played his first game since suffering a seizure in practice this month and later being diagnosed with a brain condition. He sacked Colt McCoy for a 10-yard loss in the first quarter. … Rex Grossman and John Beck each threw a touchdown pass in their duel to become the Redskins starting quarterback in a 34-31 loss to the host Ravens.

Raiders to give Pryor 4 years 08/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 12:02am]
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