Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor is back at practice and working with first team

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The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice Wednesday and was working with the first team after missing last week’s game with a concussion, while running back Darren McFadden is still sidelined by a hamstring injury that prevented him from finishing last week’s game.

The Raiders had hoped Pryor would play last Sunday against Washington but decided to hold him out after he complained of sensitivity to light Saturday night – a classic concussion symptom.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Rob Gronkowski said Wednesday that he is on the same page with the team in regard to his rehab and eventual return from off-season back and forearm surgeries.

“Yes, definitely,” he said. “We were on the same page from the very get-go. And (we’re) still on the same page and it’s going good. I’m progressing every week, I’m feeling better every week, getting stronger every week and better conditioning every week. Just still sticking to the motto ‘day by day.’

Gronkowski insisted that the team has not pressured him into making a return before he is ready.

As for his status going forward, Gronkowski doesn’t know when he’ll play again.

“When I’m ready, I’m ready,” he said. “If it’s this Sunday, next Sunday, the Sunday after that, it’s just going day-by-day. So I really couldn’t tell you when it’s going to be.”

49ERS: Safety Donte Whitner, who has revealed he was fined $21,000 by the league for a hit during last Thursday night’s victory over the St. Louis Rams, said Wednesday he’s dropping the “W” from his last name.

“I actually put the paperwork in yesterday afternoon. Just waiting to get the paperwork out,” he said in a conference call with the media. “So from here on out until I retire, my name will be Donte Hitner, without the W.”

Earlier Wednesday, he had revealed his name change in a tweet.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan says the team is considering having rookie quarterback Geno Smith wear a color-coded wristband to help cut down on turnovers in games.

With 11 turnovers – eight interceptions and three fumbles lost – Smith is tied for the league lead in that dubious category.

Designated red plays indicate a need to be conservative, yellow means he must be cautious and green indicates the quarterback can be aggressive.

TITANS: Safety Michael Griffin said Wednesday the NFL has fined him $21,000 for his hit on New York Jets receiver Stephen Hill, which Griffin calls the consequence of going high.

Griffin said Wednesday he appealed the fine as soon as he received it.


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