Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. will miss Sunday's game with an ankle injury that has bothered him since Week 2 of the regular season and is hoping for good news from a foot specialist on Monday.
After missing practice Thursday and Friday, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. was ruled out by head coach Jay Gruden for Sunday's game against the Saints with an ankle injury, one that he suffered against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 of the season.
Pryor plans to visit Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Monday to get more information about the severity of the issue, which has been a consistent source of pain for him throughout the year. After two different types of therapy, and after struggling to break in his routes without aggravating it, he reached out to Anderson.
"He's one of the best foot specialists in the world and he's pretty concerned with what he saw," Pryor said. "He said, 'You're the toughest son of a [expletive].' He said the stuff they saw, he couldn't believe I was still playing on it. I was trying, you know? I'm still trying, and hopefully maybe a week out or so, and maybe they don't put me on IR and I can maybe come back, depending on what he says. I believe I can help them do something."
The play happened in the fourth quarter of the game against Los Angeles, when Pryor caught a pass over the middle and safety Cody Davis dove into his knee. Pryor's foot was heavily swollen afterwards, and he took to social media to express his thoughts on hits made below the thigh.
Pryor fought through the injury for the next several weeks, hoping it would dissipate, but after every game, it returned swollen and started to get worse. "Every time I get tackled by the foot, it'll just do it again," Pryor said. "It just re-aggravates it. It's painful as hell and it's unfortunate.
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"So, I've been dealing with a lot of pain since Week 2, but that's our duty. We guys play in the NFL and you play with injuries and you want to do better and do better and you want to do your job. That's all I was trying to do, but it wasn't really helpful to me to keep doing that."
Pryor has 20 receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown in nine games this season after signing a one-year contract with the Redskins. The wide receiving corps as a whole hasn't been as productive in years past, due mostly to injuries and the challenges of getting on the same page through the turbulence of limited playing time and rapport on the field.
"It is a tough year, you know? It is a tough year," Pryor said of himself. "It's not what I want, not what everybody wants, but at the same time it happens. It's what it is, you know?
"I'm just going to come and compete, man, and whatever next year brings me, it brings me," he said of his contract year. "As of right now, I'm worried about helping the Redskins as much as possible. As of right now, it hasn't been working, fitting, but it is what it is. I just want to do my job and hopefully I can help they guys and help Jay Gruden any way I can. We'll try to get this team as healthy as possible, and healthy fast. Hopefully, we can get this win Sunday. I'm looking forward to that."
Pryor will look for good news Monday, which would mean he doesn't need surgery. Although he understands that going on Injured Reserve with a designation to return is a possibility, it's the last thing he wants to do.
"I don't believe in working for free and getting money tossed to me and they give me a decent amount of money, and I don't believe in just calling it quits," Pryor said. "I don't believe in quitting. That's why I didn't really complain to anybody. Hopefully I can come here and help, you know they brought me here for a reason so hopefully I can come out here and work for them. That's what I want to do. I keep on saying I don't want to quit, and hopefully I can get some good news on Monday and I can just be resting, and I can and work for my money. That's what I believe in, working hard. That's where we're at."