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Associated Press / October 13, 2011

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Terrelle Pryor has spent the past five weeks attending quarterback meetings, doing individual drills and learning about what it takes to play quarterback in the NFL.

With his suspension now complete, Pryor finally got the chance yesterday to practice with his new Raiders teammates.

“He’s very talented,’’ coach Hue Jackson said. “I thought he did some good things but we’ll continue this week to do that, to get him back in the mix with his teammates so that I can see him a little bit more and evaluate that talent and see where I can put it.’’

Pryor was selected by the Raiders in the third round of the supplemental draft Aug. 22 and signed a four-year contract with the team three days later.

Pryor had to serve the suspension when he was allowed to participate in the supplemental draft. Pryor left Ohio State instead of serving a five-game ban after being involved in a cash-for-memorabilia scandal that has put the Buckeyes under NCAA investigation.

Pryor practiced mostly with the scout team as Jason Campbell and backup Kyle Boller are entrenched ahead of him on the depth chart. Pryor will get some time working with the Raiders offense as well.

He took part in three practices during preseason but has only been allowed to attend meetings and do individual drills on his own since the end of the exhibition season.

Seahawks deal Curry

The Seahawks traded linebacker Aaron Curry to the Raiders in exchange for draft picks. Raiders executive John Herrera said the trade will be official once the league approves it and Curry passes his physical. The move is the first the Raiders have made since the death of longtime owner Al Davis, who also served as general manager and ran the football operations. Curry leaves Seattle after 2 1/2 seasons during which he failed to live up to being the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft. Curry had fallen out of favor in Seattle, with rookie K.J. Wright taking over the starting strong-side linebacker role . . . The Jets officially announced the trade that sent wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Texans for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. “Things didn’t work out on the field with Derrick,’’ Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. “With that said, we were committed to trying to make it work and get him to play better on the field at a level that he was accustomed to and what we were expecting.’’ . . . Falcons rookie receiver Julio Jones will miss Sunday’s game against Carolina because of a hamstring injury. He pulled up in the fourth quarter of a 25-14 loss to Green Bay on a deep route down the sideline. He’s already doing some light running with the training staff, but coach Mike Smith said there’s no chance he’ll play against the Panthers . . . 49ers wide receiver Joshua Morgan is done for the season with a broken bone in his lower right leg. The team placed him on season-ending injured reserve and signed wideout Brett Swain to a one-year deal . . . The Browns placed defensive end Marcus Benard on the reserve non-football injury list, ending his season after just four games. Bernard, who remains hospitalized in Cleveland, sustained a broken hand when he crashed his three-wheel motorcycle Monday in Brooklyn, Ohio.

HGH test backed

Nearly two dozen scientists and lab directors from around the world have signed a letter sent to the NFL and the players association stating the current test for human growth hormone is safe, scientifically reliable, and appropriate for use in professional sports. The letter, dated Oct. 3, was sent to commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith. The NFL and the players agreed to begin blood testing for HGH as part of their new collective bargaining agreement, but only if the union agreed to the methods. The union has delayed implementing the test, asking for more scientific data to prove it is reliable. The letter, signed by 23 scientists and lab directors, says, “Any suggestion in the press that its accuracy is a matter of debate is incorrect.’’ . . . More former players have filed a lawsuit against the players association, saying better retirement benefits were sacrificed so current players could keep more money. Attorney Shawn Stuckey said he filed the complaint in federal court in Minneapolis for 19 retired players, including former Chicago receiver Willie Gault and running back Hugh McElhenny, who starred for San Francisco in the 1950s. Stuckey said more retirees came forward after he filed a lawsuit against the NFLPA last month that seeks at least $5 million in damages on behalf of a group of 28 ex-players, mostly Hall of Famers. Judge Susan Richard Nelson gave the union until Nov. 7 to respond to that complaint.

Austin, Bryant practice

Cowboys receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant participated fully in practice, a sign they are close to playing together Sunday against the Patriots. Dallas hasn’t had its top two wide receivers in the same game since the season opener. Austin has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and Bryant, who did not play Week 2, has been playing despite a bruised thigh . . . Ravens center Matt Birk will appeal a $5,000 fine he incurred from the league for removing a microphone from his shoulder pads during an Oct. 2 game against the Jets. The league requires centers or offensive guards to wear microphones. Birk said he tore his off after it came loose and was jabbing his neck. He said because he couldn’t reach it, “I just took it off.’’ . . . Giants safety Kenny Phillips was fined $20,000 for a hit on Seahawks tight end Zach Miller in Sunday’s game . . . The Giants knew that defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy faced suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances when they signed him in August. Coach Tom Coughlin made the disclosure a day after the league announced Kennedy’s four-game suspension . . . Patricia Modell, the wife of former NFL team owner Art Modell and a longtime television actress, died in Baltimore yesterday after a long illness. She was 80.

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