Finger injury could sit Pryor
A torn finger ligament could keep Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor out of Cleveland’s final two games.
Pryor was hurt in Sunday’s 33-13 loss to the Bills, dropping the Browns (0-14) to within two losses of becoming the second 0-16 team in NFL history.
Coach Hue Jackson said Monday that Pryor’s ability to play through pain will determine whether he’ll be on the field for Saturday’s home game against San Diego.
“We would hate to lose Terrelle,” Jackson said.
Pryor needs surgery after the season, a person familiar with the injury told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
In his first full season as a wide receiver, the former quarterback Pryor leads the Browns in receptions (67), yards (877) and four touchdowns. However, his production has slowed in recent weeks.
Pryor had four catches for 19 yards against the Bills, one week after he was held to just one reception for 3 yards against Cincinnati and was targeted in a heated rant by Bengals cornerback Adam Jones afterward.
Jackson said if Pryor can’t play then rookie Ricardo Louis would likely start along with Andrew Hawkins.
Jackson wanted to get Pryor more opportunities Sunday, but the Bills took them away.
“Terrelle has a reputation now,” he said. “People know who you are and are trying to take you out of the game, and we’re trying to get it to him. Sometimes the ball doesn’t go where it should or protection doesn’t hold up. It’s not that we’re not trying to get him the ball.”