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Pryor apologizes for agent blasting Raiders' decision to start him

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Terrelle Pryor will make his first start since Nov. 10. (USATSI)
Good news: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been named the Raiders' Week 17 starter against the Broncos.

Bad news: Pryor's agent thinks the team is doing it to set him up to fail.

"I think they're putting him in hopes that he fails,” Jerome Stanley told CSNBayArea.com. “That's what I think coach is doing. I think they're putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify the Matt McGloin situation. I think that's what's going on, I do and it's ridiculous. ...

“You have to understand the [situation] Coach is putting him in, he doesn't want him to look good,” Stanley continued. “And you can write that. He doesn't want him to look good because, if he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. [Coach Dennis Allen] doesn't want [Pryor] to look good, he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on.”

It wasn't long before Pryor took to Twitter to distance himself from his agent's remarks.

“I apologize for the recent comments towards the Raiders organization,” he wrote. “That's not what I'm about. I'm thankful for this opportunity given to me by this great organization and the phenomenal fans. I'm very excited to play with my teammates Sunday! We hope to make you (fans) proud!”

While Pryor hasn't started a game since Week 10, it's not clear how putting him out there for the final Sunday of the season is all part of some grand scheme for Allen to justify McGloin as his long-term starter. Mostly because there's the very real possibility that Allen will be looking for work in the New Year.

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