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NFL denies Raiders’ QB Pryor's appeal

Published On: Oct 01 2011 12:44:20 AM CDT
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The NFL denied Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s appeal of his five-game NFL suspension.

Pryor's suspension came from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who carried over a five-game ban Pryor would have served had he remained at Ohio State for his senior season.

The punishment against Pryor was levied for his attempt to circumvent eligibility rules for the NFL supplemental draft.

Pryor initially said he would appeal the suspension, then reversed course and said he would serve it without contest.

Pryor was one of a handful of Buckeyes found to have received improper benefits as they traded jerseys and other collectibles for cash and tattoos. Coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign when he said he had no knowledge of the violations and a trail of emails proved he did.

Pryor initially planned to return for his senior season but changed his mind and turned pro. After some legal wrangling, he was declared eligible for the supplemental draft in August and chosen by the Raiders with a third-round pick.

The former Ohio State star is unable to practice with his team or play until Oct. 10 but is allowed to attend meetings, per terms of the suspension.