Pryor says he's playing with torn PCL

Updated: December 28, 2009, 8:36 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LOS ANGELES -- Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been playing with a slight tear in the posterior cruciate ligament of his knee, the sophomore revealed Monday.

Pryor, who had come back from an Oct. 31 ankle injury to help lead the No. 8 Buckeyes (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) to a Rose Bowl berth against No. 7 Oregon (10-2, 8-1 Pac-10), said he was fine to play but wouldn't specify which knee was hurt, when he sustained the tear or if it would require surgery.

Pryor did not reveal which knee was hurt, but an Ohio State spokesperson told ESPN on Monday that the quarterback has been experiencing pain in his left knee and that he was told that the cause was likely a small tear.

While discussing the injury, Pryor did touch his left knee for emphasis.

"It's improved a little bit [since the end of the season], but sometimes I can have trouble making some types of cuts," he said in an interview session before the New Year's Day Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi.

Pryor claimed he's hurting everywhere but said he's feeling sharper after two sluggish practices in Los Angeles. The Buckeyes were also set to run an afternoon practice Monday.

"It's not really a big deal," he said. "It's just a little sore. It's fine. When I'm in the game or at practice, I don't really worry about it, to tell you the truth."

Information from ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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