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Pryor appeals his suspension

Terrelle Pryor AP

The roller coaster known as the question of whether Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will appeal his five-game suspension, ostensibly arising from the manner in which he became eligible for the 2011 supplemental draft, finally has pulled into the station.

We think.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Pryor has informed the NFL and the NFLPA of his intention to appeal the Commissioner’s decision, which was communicated to Pryor more than two weeks ago.  The development comes after weeks of mixed signals and see-sawing over whether Pryor will indeed appeal.

The threshold question seems to be whether the appeal is timely.  Article 46, Section 1 requires the appeal to be filed within three days after receipt of written notification.  The August 18, 2011 letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell to Pryor announcing the suspension, a copy of which we obtained on August 21, informs Pryor that he may appeal within three days after signing a Player Contract.  Unless the league has revised the window by, for example, telling Pryor that the three-day period begins to run when he was formally placed on the reserve/suspended list (as he was on Saturday), the league could reject the appeal as late.

Breer explains that Pryor likely pursued the matter due to concerns by veteran players that the NFL now plans to help enforce NCAA regulations.  The league has insisted that Pryor’s case sets no precedent.  Based on some of the things said by the Commissioner in the August 18 letter, however, it’s obvious that the violation of NCAA regulations could affect future NFL players, especially as it relates to a player’s ability to enter the NFL.

The development comes at a time when the NFL is prepared to review the Colts’ decision to hire former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.  As we reported yesterday, his employment also could be delayed, after the Commissioner reviews all facts and circumstances relating to his departure from OSU.

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47 Responses to “Pryor appeals his suspension”
  1. yallbetuckfards says: Sep 4, 2011 11:14 AM

    I’m sure Al Davis told him to appeal it. Saw it coming when Trent Edwards was cut.

  2. lunarpie says: Sep 4, 2011 11:15 AM

    Doesn’t matter, he is no where near able to play in the NFL. He needs to look at Aaron Rodgers and take the same approach. He’s too young, immature and inexperienced and should take it easy and learn the system. Whereas if he enters the league too soon, he could destroy his whole career. Take it easy, T.P. baby steps….

  3. steelersfbfan says: Sep 4, 2011 11:15 AM

    and what about Pete Carroll?

  4. cardsfann1 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:19 AM

    Pryor is a piece of trash. Have 0 respect for him.

  5. jaydog76 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:20 AM

    Hmm, wonder if my next employer will fire me over something I might have done at my current employer…..

  6. sdw2001 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:25 AM

    lunarpie says:
    Sep 4, 2011 11:15 AM
    Doesn’t matter, he is no where near able to play in the NFL. He needs to look at Aaron Rodgers and take the same approach. He’s too young, immature and inexperienced and should take it easy and learn the system. Whereas if he enters the league too soon, he could destroy his whole career. Take it easy, T.P. baby steps….
    —————————–

    Agreed. It’s not like we’re talking about a guy that has a chance to really make a difference. He’s not ready, and everyone knows it. I

  7. bluejays20091 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:25 AM

    i thought he said two weeks ago he would not appeal

  8. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Sep 4, 2011 11:29 AM

    I’m willing to bet right now that this guy won’t be around long. Not even as a 3rd string QB. I stongly doubt even a practice squad guy.

  9. livxsiv says: Sep 4, 2011 11:29 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see what the NFL rules, but I don’t think this has any baring on Pryor’s playing time. He won’t play in the first five games, and if he does, then the Raiders have a lot more to worry about than Pryor’s playing time.

  10. jmanorgc says: Sep 4, 2011 11:32 AM

    Why appeal when your not going to play early in the season?

  11. lexnekst says: Sep 4, 2011 11:33 AM

    I’m sure Al Davis told him to appeal it. Saw it coming when Trent Edwards was cut.
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    Can you read? It’s likely the NFLPA pushed him to file the appeal, because they dont want this to set a precedent where NFL is enforcing NCAA regulations. Al Davis probably doesn’t know Pryor is on the team.

    Also, if the NFL can enforce NCAA regulations, kie a farm league- then should NCAA players get at least farm league salaries?

    The fairest outcomes would be withdraw the suspensions, OR if Pryor sits out 5 games, Tressel does too. So do Reggie Bush, and Pete Carroll.

  12. hound32 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:34 AM

    he will never be a good QB in the NFL . nothing more than a gadget guy like Tebow . he makes poor reads and is not very accurate .

  13. pftstory says: Sep 4, 2011 11:35 AM

    If you violate NCAA rules or brag about violating them to make oneself eligible for the NFL draft, it is an NFL issue. Not really just helping the NCAA enforce NCAA rules.

  14. txraiderfan says: Sep 4, 2011 11:38 AM

    While Pryor has no business playing QB this year, Goodell has definitely overstepped his bounds by suspending him. Unless the commish is prepared to call college football the “minor league” for the NFL, he shouldn’t be able to carry out suspensions for actions that took place before a player was even a part of the NFL. I can’t see how this is legal.

    Where are the suspensions for all the former Hurricanes? What about Reggie Bush and Pete Carroll?

    Goodell has too much power. There needs to be some way to put him in check.

  15. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Sep 4, 2011 11:41 AM

    Goodell should be suspended.

  16. dragonfly99 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:48 AM

    He has said repeatedly he would not appeal his NFL suspension. There’s a honest young man with lots of integrity. I hope he spends his entire NFL career in Oakland.

  17. lawyermalloy says: Sep 4, 2011 11:52 AM

    This should go over real well since he basically already agreed NOT to appeal if he was made eligible for the sup. draft!

  18. realitypolice says: Sep 4, 2011 11:56 AM

    As long as the NFL appeals “process” consists of the player going into the commissioners office and saying, “Golly gee, Emperor Goodell, I sure do wish you would reconsider the decision you’ve already made”, appealing is pointless anyway.

  19. aaronp2098 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:56 AM

    lunarpie says: Sep 4, 2011 11:15 AM
    Doesn’t matter, he is no where near able to play in the NFL. He needs to look at Aaron Rodgers and take the same approach. He’s too young, immature and inexperienced and should take it easy and learn the system. Whereas if he enters the league too soon, he could destroy his whole career. Take it easy, T.P. baby steps….

    –You need to point your argument to the man in charge of Raider nation not Pryor, or Hue Jackson for that matter….

  20. nflfan1 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:00 PM

    If Pete Carroll isn’t being suspended for 5 games now that he works for the Colts why should Pryor have to serve a 5 game suspension? It’s going to be interesting to see how the Commish handles this situation and even more interesting to see how he answers the question of being fair and impartial with his decisions throughout the league if he doesn’t suspend Carroll. Good move by Pryor AND the players association if they had anything to do with this appeal.

  21. chmba says: Sep 4, 2011 12:02 PM

    Pryor has no respect for any sort of rules or authority and never has. He doesn’t get it. The NFL should not have let him enter the supplemental draft which he achieved by deliberately breaking the college rules.

    Same for Tressel!

  22. vincentbojackson says: Sep 4, 2011 12:19 PM

    What’s the most he could do at this point? Line up in 2-3 gadget plays per game?

    It will take him 5 weeks just to get to a point where he is ready for the field.

    Just take your medicine and let it go already.

  23. 1nationraidernation says: Sep 4, 2011 12:22 PM

    wow I guess the NFL really wants to lose an antitrust lawsuit. Gee, I wonder who will sue them for that?

  24. elwaysteeth says: Sep 4, 2011 12:23 PM

    While I agree with you lunarpie, Pryor is not ready to play in the NFL, now. If he get’s the suspension lifted, he can start practicing now. That would surely speed his development. If he’s going to be the third QB on the roster, he should have someb experience running the offense and at least be the scout QB in practice. Winning an appeal would be a good thing for Pryor and The Raiders.

  25. joemcrugby says: Sep 4, 2011 12:26 PM

    Pryor’s doing this to appease the veterans around the league. It doesn’t appear to be a timely appeal, so it will be rejected on that basis … but he can point to his appeal filing and tell the vets “See, I tried!!”

    The truth is almost certainly that Pryor, Rosenhaus and Goodell made a deal since he was not eligible for the supplemental draft given the rules that were in place.

    To my understanding, the only players whom are supposed to be eligible for the supplemental draft are as follows:

    (1) Those who graduate early at the end of the spring and thus satisfy the “3 years from high school graduation or graduate from college” rule (e.g., Bernie Kosar);

    (2) Those whom are ruled academically ineligible to return to school and are at least 3 years out of high school; or

    (3) Those whom are kicked out of school for disciplinary reasons after the April draft entry deadline (e.g. too many knuckleads to mention by name).

    Terrelle Pryor does not fit any of those categories. He was suspended for 5 games at Ohio State and was free to join the team in Game 6 and the NCAA suspension was handed down too late for Pryor to apply for early entrance into the April draft.

    IMO Goodell bent the rules to allow Pryor to enter the supplemental draft in exchange for a handshake deal that Pryor would accept a similar length suspension as the NCAA imposed. If Pryor wasn’t willing to accept that arrangement, then Goodell would have governed the situation by the book and ruled that Pryor would have to wait for the 2012 draft.

  26. johninpa says: Sep 4, 2011 12:26 PM

    Unless college football is an official minor league of the NFL, what does anything occurring in the ranks of college football have to do with the NFL, making one’s employment in the NFL contingent on circumstances in college ball? Why doesn’t the NFL start its own minor league system as every other professional sport has? This might go a long way toward cleaning up college football.

  27. hobartbaker says: Sep 4, 2011 12:28 PM

    Bottom line is, Terrelle Pryor is being treated differently from anyone else in his situation. Not in a good way. That pretty much defines unfairness, bias, and inequality of social justice. A lot of time and effort has gone into establishing equal rights for all individuals. What the NFL is doing runs contrary to that.

  28. skiss68 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:29 PM

    So the ncaa wants the kid to play college for 4 years for free. They make millions of dollars by exploiting these athletes. He finally gets a chance to make a living and the nfl suspends him. How is that fair?

  29. doe22us says: Sep 4, 2011 12:30 PM

    This dude doesnt have a mind of his own

  30. tk1966 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:30 PM

    Acting like a spoiled brat. He wasn’t even eligible for the sup. draft, but the league made a deal with him. Now he wants to appeal the deal he made. This is the NFL – you honor your deals! Oh, whats that? Sorry, Mr. Johnson…. never mind.

  31. anhdazman says: Sep 4, 2011 12:31 PM

    Nothing to lose, everything to gain.
    In previous cases, if you have a good excuse, Goodell weigh the options and lowered the suspension if he thinks it is justified.
    Now Pryor just has to plead his case and wait for Goodell’s final verdict.
    If used properly in his 1st year, Pryor can be a very effective Wild Cat QB with D. McFadden, M. Bush and Taiwan Jones in the backfield.

  32. realdraftgm says: Sep 4, 2011 12:37 PM

    This is the beginning of the end for Goodell. Goodell is like a mob boss that thinks he can do whatever he wants fans want to think about the great players when they close their eyes not a crooked comissioner.

  33. realdraftgm says: Sep 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    Yes the owners eventually will kick you to the curb when they realize you are negatively affecting their product or congress steps in or a comittee is created to inspect you Goodell.

  34. snowskier24 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    He isnt appealing this just to try to play sooner – its about not being barred from practice! The Raiders have no intention of rushing him into the season and an extra six weeks of practice is huge for anyone let alone a unpolished rookie.

  35. hobartbaker says: Sep 4, 2011 12:42 PM

    Can the suspension be transferred to that lying, self serving scumbag, Bob McGinn, who put out a FALSE WONDERLIC SCORE for Pryor? In an effort to increase traffic to his blogsite and sell more books? The jerk shouldn’t be allowed within an arms length of a computer keyboard for the next 5 years or so.

  36. edpeters101 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:45 PM

    If the NFL is going to enforce NCAA rules violations then they should do it for all violations: Coaches that left the Colleges, AND Players that are now in the NFL that were involved with cheating, etc.. Suspend them for what they would have been suspended for if they had been caught while they were still in school!!!

  37. snnyjcbs says: Sep 4, 2011 12:54 PM

    What about the Fool in Seattle, “Ain’t that just Great?, Ain’t that just Great? These Coaches and Schools take advantage of these Kids year in and year out and it is always the Kids they want to hang out to Dry while allowing the Coaches and others that are the Ring Leaders to walk away Free as a Bird.

  38. ronlm says: Sep 4, 2011 12:59 PM

    @lunarpie.

    Agree and disagree.

    Agree on the point that he needs to “take it easy” with his career… but only from the standpoint of playing in actual games when the game is on the line.

    Disagree that it doesn’t matter.

    Look, the fact of the matter is, if he was eligible to play right now, he wouldn’t be anywhere near seeing the field. He has Campbell and Boller ahead of him. No way Hue puts him out there as QB. Maybe, big MAYBE later on in the season on a wildcat play.

    The real reason for the appeal (other than precedent setting matters) is to allow him to suit up and PRACTICE with his teammates. He needs as many reps as possible… but more importantly, it’s a distinct advantage for the team to see what they have in Pryor ASAP. Do they have a QB, or a receiver?

    Bottom line is, the sooner that Pryor is available to Hue and Saunders, the quicker they can make a determination on his skillset… and the quicker Pryor can get started on learning his position.

  39. Lou Pickney says: Sep 4, 2011 12:59 PM

    The root of the problem lies in the fact that Pryor should have either been eligible or ineligible, period. If he was eligible for the supplemental draft, then great. If not, then Pryor should have had to sit out until 2012 — the UFL could have been a home for him in 2011. But to allow him into the NFL and then suspend him for five games was a poor decision and one the league might ultimately find itself regretting.

  40. hail2tharedskins says: Sep 4, 2011 1:03 PM

    Why are people asking why the NFL doesn’t suspend Pete Carroll??? What exactly would they suspend him for? Pete Carroll left USC in good standing and joined the Seahawks a year before NCAA even started investigating USC. Even now that the USC investigation has concluded, Pete Carroll was not charged with any violations! The NCAA limited the football violations at USC to Reggie Bush and Todd McNair (RB coach). And even the charge against McNair is tenuous. Pete Carroll’s tenure at USC might be tarnished by the turmoil that ensured with the NCAA investigation and sanctions, but the NCAA said he did nothing wrong. Its silly that people are calling for the NFL to suspend Carroll, when Carroll is free to return to coaching D1 college football tomorrow if he wants to.

  41. trainman59 says: Sep 4, 2011 1:06 PM

    It’s not about him thinking he might start in the next 5 weeks. He currently can’t even practice with the team while suspended. It’s tough to improve if you can’t practice.

  42. firerosenthalthebastard says: Sep 4, 2011 1:44 PM

    cardsfann1 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:19 AM

    Pryor is a piece of trash. Have 0 respect for him.
    ————

    lol what a schm u chk

  43. goforthanddie says: Sep 4, 2011 1:52 PM

    What a shock, he still takes no responsibility for his foul-ups. I’m glad Al D took him, that removed the temptation from everyone else.

  44. honkerdawg says: Sep 4, 2011 2:08 PM

    Pryor’s a lying bum. He lied to OSU and to Goodell. He’ll screwup and be out of the league in a couple of years, and Al Davis will get what he deserves

  45. jacksrants says: Sep 4, 2011 2:32 PM

    Regardless of whether or not Pryor is ready or ever will be , not being able to practice with the team does not help him get ready and docks his paycheck for 5 weeks . I would be pissed if I was him .
    This suspension is illegal and the fact guys like Pete Carroll and Jim Tresell have not been sanctioned proves how wrong what they are trying to do to Pryor is .

    The Raiders used nexts years 3rd rder and should be able to get a return on their investment ASAP . You can bash the pick all you’d like but the fact is the kid could be a factor in certain situations . He may never be a decent NFL QB but he has enough athletic ability to do be a factor in short yardage or a wildcat package .

    I agree odds are slim he ever develops into a starting NFL QB however he is a good enough athlete to contribute on the field in some fashion. Roger Goodell simply mandating Pryor’s NCAA suspension carry over to the NFL is not only illegal , it’s stupid . Was the kid ever even charged with a crime ? Sometimes the league office is just bizarre and I think there actions fail on this one . Wasn’t it just 2 years ago a Raiders assistant was assualted supposedly by the HC and neither the police or the league ever filed charges or any type of punishment ? Didn’t Rothlisberger get his suspension down to 4 games after a rape charge ?
    Sometimes comments like legalized slavery almost apply . Admittedly that is a bit over the top when you are mainly talking about people making over 1 million dollars a year but , at the very least there is a huge double standard happening in todays NFL .

  46. anhdazman says: Sep 5, 2011 7:22 AM

    joemcrugby says:
    Sep 4, 2011 12:26 PM

    “IMO Goodell bent the rules to allow Pryor to enter the supplemental draft in exchange for a handshake deal that Pryor would accept a similar length suspension as the NCAA imposed. If Pryor wasn’t willing to accept that arrangement, then Goodell would have governed the situation by the book and ruled that Pryor would have to wait for the 2012 draft.”

    Sorry, but your opinion and argument are weak. Where did you pull the “Pryor to enter the supplemental draft in exchange for a handshake deal” with Goodell from? Whose a$$ did you pull that out of? Handshake? LOL.

    If Goodell is so concerned with the NCAA then he should also show the same standard against coaches such as Tresell and Carroll. Tresell covered up and lied about OSU. Carroll rode off into the Sunset with a huge fat paycheck and didn’t give a rat’s a$$ about what happened to USC after his time there. Reggie Bush, his story and the truth finally came out, shouldn’t he be suspended now for his actions in college?

    Pryor was not yet in the NFL when he made his foolish mistakes, he wasn’t employed by the NFL, wasn’t getting money by the NFL, so what rights does Goodell have in suspending him? Goodell only had to make the decision on whether he was going to allow him to enter the Supplemental Draft or not. No more, no less!

  47. oakraidercoextremefan says: Sep 5, 2011 7:42 PM

    Well first off he probably knows he’s not ready yet. but he want to practice with his coaches and teammate. with that suspension, it makes it he only can go to quarterback meeting only. witch is F’ed up. everyone now thinks quarterback have to be great coming out of collage. A lot of the Hall of Fame quarterbacks weren’t great till they got older. and learned from their mistakes. Example look at John Elway he didn’t get great till like his last 5 years in the NFL. And Pryor is really young. so he has a chance of learning all that stuff early being third string. Myself i think he’ll be better the Micheal Vick. Without the dog fighting.

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