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Raiders uncertain of their starting QB in finale after Carson Palmer's injury

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Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer suffered cracked ribs and a bruised lung after being hit by Carolina Panther Greg Hardy. - GETTY IMAGE FILE PHOTO
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  • Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer suffered cracked ribs and a bruised lung after being hit by Carolina Panther Greg Hardy.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn’t ready to select a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game in San Diego and said it’s possible that both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor could play.

Leinart and Pryor shared reps in practice with Oakland’s first-team offense during practice, three days after starter Carson Palmer went out with cracked ribs and a bruised lung after being hit from behind by Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.

Allen said Wednesday that Leinart and Pryor split the workload during practice, but Pryor later said Leinart took the majority of reps.

“Both of them looked pretty good,” Allen said. “They had a good day out there and both of them got reps with the [starting offense]. We’ll continue to monitor it and we’ll make a decision at the end of the week which way we’re going to go.”

Both played in last week’s loss to Carolina after Palmer was hurt, though Pryor was in for only a handful of plays. Leinart completed 16 of 32 passes for 115 yards. He also threw a momentum-shifting interception just before halftime.

Palmer had started 24 consecutive games for Oakland after being acquired in a midseason trade with Cincinnati in 2011.
Leinart has started just two games since 2007 while Pryor has never started in his two NFL seasons.

NOTES: The Raiders (4-11) didn’t have a player voted to the Pro Bowl. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski and fullback Marcel Reece were selected as alternates. Janikowski has made 31 of 34 attempts, going 25-for-25 on kicks of less than 50 yards. ... RG Mike Brisiel (concussion, ankle) was held out of practice. Rookie Tony Bergstrom, a third-round pick, has been practicing in Brisiel’s absence. ... S Tyvon Branch (neck, ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring) and CB Phillip Adams (groin) also did not practice.