Terrelle Pryor is once again the starting quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.

Coach Dennis Allen announced today that Pryor, who opened the season as the Raiders’ starter but was benched for Matt McGloin, will return to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Broncos.

Allen said the decision wasn’t a reflection of disappointment in McGloin as much as it was a desire to see what Pryor could do.

What we don’t know is whether this decision has anything to do with the recent talk of unrest in Oakland, where Allen is thought to be on the hot seat. Perhaps Allen thinks that if Pryor shows in Week 17 that he’s making progress in his development as a pro passer, it could help save Allen’s own job.

Pryor started eight of the first nine games this season, while McGloin has started the last six (Matt Flynn started one game for the Raiders).