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NAPA, Calif. – Matt Flynn is solidifying his role as starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, a year after failing to earn a similar job in training camp with the Seahawks.

Flynn, 28, entered camp with the inside track over Terrelle Pryor and rookie Tyler Wilson to replace Carson Palmer in Oakland and has done little during the first week of camp to change that viewpoint.

Last season in Seattle, Flynn went from coveted offseason free-agent acquisition with a $26 million contract to backing up a third-round draft pick in a matter of weeks at training camp.

With Russell Wilson set as the starter for the Seahawks, Flynn was traded to Oakland in the offseason and has done his best to earn a starting job in the league.

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“I took away a lot of things from Seattle last year,” Flynn said Tuesday. “But the thing that I took away the most was that I want this even more now, even more this year.”

Flynn has been the most impressive of the three quarterbacks so far in training camp, displaying the most accurate arm, a good grasp of the offense and strong leadership on the field.

“I’m coming in here every day with my hard hat on, trying to prepare,” he said.


• Cornerback DeAngelo Hall of the Washington team said he has sprained ligaments in his right ankle and might miss the rest of training camp.

• Indianapolis defensive tackle Brandon McKinney was placed on injured reserve, one day after coach Chuck Pagano said the 6-foot-2, 345-pounder had swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.

McKinney, 29, spent all of last season on injured reserve.

• Police divers returned for a second day of searching in a lake in Bristol, Conn., the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end who is charged with murder.

Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semipro player whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.

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