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Pryor inks 4-year deal

Raiders QB can practice today

Associated Press / August 26, 2011

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Quarterback Terrelle Pryor agreed to a four-year contract with the Raiders yesterday, three days after being picked in the third round of the supplemental draft.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced by the team.

Pryor can start practicing with Oakland today. The Raiders play their third exhibition game Sunday against New Orleans and it would be extremely unlikely Pryor would play. The Raiders then will have three practices before the exhibition finale at Seattle Sept. 2. After that game, Pryor will be ineligible to practice with the Raiders until serving a five-game suspension.

When he was allowed to enter Monday’s supplemental draft, Pryor was handed a suspension by commissioner Roger Goodell for the same number of games he would have sat out had he returned to Ohio State.

Vick leads Eagles

Michael Vick led three scoring drives and the first-team defense pitched a shutout as the Eagles beat the visiting Browns, 24-14. Vick wasn’t particularly sharp, as he took a lot of hits and had to escape trouble quite a bit. Still, he managed to complete 10 of 18 passes for 98 yards. He ran for 24 yards and a touchdown. Colt McCoy and the rest of Cleveland’s starting offense struggled: The Browns punted four times, missed a field goal, and McCoy threw an interception on six first-half drives. Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson played his first game since suffering a seizure in practice earlier this month and later being diagnosed with a brain condition, and he sacked 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 starting quarterback for the Redskins, who lost in Baltimore, 34-31. Grossman (8 for 15, 112 yards) started, and each quarterback alternatingly played two series before Kellen Clemens entered in the fourth quarter. Beck completed 6 of 10 passes for 108 yards with an interception. The Ravens won when Tyrod Taylor threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones with 22 seconds left . . . Andy Dalton, the Bengals’ second-round pick from TCU, led four first-half scoring drives and overshadowed his rookie counterpart as host Cincinnati held on for a 24-13 victory over Carolina. The Panthers’ Cam Newton, the overall No. 1 pick, was 6 for 19 for 75 yards and scrambled 16 yards for a score . . . The Panthers claimed Kentwan Balmer off waivers from the Seahawks. Balmer, a first-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2008, started 11 games last season.

Titans: No trade Coach Mike Munchak says the Titans haven’t talked about trading 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 yesterday. “But I don’t think that’s anything we would even give any consideration to. He’s with us one way or another, and hopefully it ends up being on the field.’’ The Titans say they want to make him the highest-paid running back in NFL history; Johnson reportedly wants more than $35 million guaranteed and $13 million per year.

Edwards set for debut The Falcons will move closer to their elusive goal of putting their first-string defensive line together when defensive end Ray Edwards makes his preseason debut tomorrow night at Pittsburgh. Edwards, 26, had what coach Mike Smith said was a “minor knee procedure’’ during the lockout. The sixth-year veteran was held out of the Falcons’ first two preseason games before seeing regular work with the first-team defense in practice this week . . . The Packers announced plans to add 6,600 seats at Lambeau Field in time for the 2013 season, part of a self-funded $130 million project that will be welcome news to the 81,000 fans on the waiting list for season tickets. Lambeau Field is the oldest continually operating NFL stadium, and the third-oldest continually operating venue in major sports behind Wrigley Field and Fenway Park . . . The Giants and Jets have moved up the starting time of their preseason game to 2 p.m. tomorrow due to the threat of Hurricane Irene.

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