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Pryor appeal moving forward, for now

Terrelle Pryor AP

The ever-changing intentions of the Terrelle Pryor camp to appeal his five-game suspension seem to have solidified.  The appeal has been filed, and it will be pursued.

For now.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Pryor recently received an update on the appeal, which was filed on August 25, 2011 (and again on August 31).  Though Pryor has the ability to end the appeal at any time, Pryor has yet to do so.

The next step in the process will be for Commissioner Roger Goodell to schedule a hearing date.

Breer reiterates that the appeal currently is being driven by veteran players and agents, who believe that the NFL has decided to help the NCAA with the enforcement of its rules and regulations.  Monday’s decision by the Colts (surely made in conjunction with the league office) to delay the commencement of former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel’s employment by six games serves only to bolster the impression that the league has decided to provide a less certain escape route for coaches and players who run afoul of the expectations of the NCAA.

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30 Responses to “Pryor appeal moving forward, for now”
  1. edmazeing1 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:26 AM

    How come pryor still wears #2 on madden12 online?, anyway tho any one that wants it my PS3 user name is (edmazeing1)!!!

  2. mhs8031 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:37 AM

    I wonder how Pete Carroll feels about this?

    Pay your dues, son. There are people in Ohio who will suffer for 2-4 years due to your mess.

    I think the suspension should be for the entire time the school is on probation.

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 6, 2011 6:47 AM

    What the hell are you doing up at 6:00am, Mike?

  4. scudbot says: Sep 6, 2011 6:49 AM

    I heard that two of the best pro football teams will meet in the season opener in two days.

  5. rdrs68 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:49 AM

    Go for it-Roger does not have the authority to impose penalties for the NCAA and he is making up new rules as he sees fit. Time to slap down this power hungry control freak and let him know there ARE bounds to what he can do.

  6. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Sep 6, 2011 7:15 AM

    I’m in the (I believe) smaller camp that agrees with Pryor’s suspension and was happy to see it’s being applied to Tress as well. I hated to see Pete Carroll slime his way out of the mess he let happen. I’m glad to see those leaving a trash heap in Columbus have to suffer at least a little bit.

  7. 6thsense79 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:25 AM

    I’m going to repost something I’ve posted before to those that claim that Pryor was suspended for breaking the NFL’s eligibility rule for the supplemental draft when in fact anyone looking in knows he was suspended because the NFL wanted to help the NCAA enforce it’s little 5 game suspension:

    “This [the NFL] is the same league that fought tooth and nail to protect its eligibility rule when Maurice Clarrett wanted to join the league after his freshman year in college. This is the same league that fought the two Williamses in court over the Starcaps PED case for 2 years…..when it comes to its rules the NFL doesn’t roll over for anyone….yet people want us to believe they did for Pryor? Really? Pryor didn’t break any eligibility rules and NFL knew it. That’s why the commisioner stated Pryor was suspended for “decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft”…. Underminding a rule and breaking a rule are two different things.”

    In short Goodell was saying I don’t like how you entered the NFL and I’ll try to keep you out. Unfortunately you didn’t break any rules entering into the league but since I felt you undermined the eligibility rules for the draft I will impose a 5 game suspension……At least that’s what he wanted to convey publicly. Privately he’s just carrying the NCAA’s punishment forward. Is it just a coincident that the 5 game suspension is the same number of games the NCAA was trying to hang on Pryor?

  8. 1bigtex says: Sep 6, 2011 7:44 AM

    So let me get this straight, Pryor agreed to the suspension to get in the supplemental draft. He got picked. Then he was going to appeal the suspension. Then he wasn’t. Then he was again. Then he wasn’t. Now he is again. I guess we have all the evidence we need to believe that “scored a 7 on the Wonderlic” story.

  9. eaglessuperfan says: Sep 6, 2011 7:49 AM

    A better video game related question (edmazeing1) would be why is Pryor in NCAA 12 and Madden 12.

  10. tatum064 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:01 AM

    “I don’t like how you entered the NFL and I’ll try to keep you out. Unfortunately you didn’t break any rules entering into the league but since I felt you undermined the eligibility rules for the draft I will impose a 5 game suspension””

    ======================
    Dont think the Raiders worry they’ll get screwed any more than they have been by the league because of this?

    Pryor is well within his right to appeal, and the NFLPA should be doing it on principal, anyway. If this guy ends up succeeding in the league, he’ll be a bigger target than Vick ever was.

  11. vincentbojackson says: Sep 6, 2011 8:01 AM

    Make up your freaking mind!

    This guy hasn’t taken a snap and he’s already a tired act.

    This is what you get when you go through life without anyone ever telling you “no”.

  12. SpartaChris says: Sep 6, 2011 8:06 AM

    Gooddell should schedule the appeal for 6 weeks from now and then grant reinstatement.

  13. jesse1834 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:15 AM

    I’d like one of these sports media outlets, to dig up how much the NCAA is paying the NFL to enforce their rules and/or why the NFL now feels obligated to do so.

  14. steeelfann says: Sep 6, 2011 8:26 AM

    Why do you think Mike Tomlin missed just about his entire pro day? The Steelers have known the way this kid is since he was in 9th grade. No thank you.

  15. 6thsense79 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:32 AM

    SpartaChris,

    Wouldn’t Pryor be able to play while he appeals? Or is that baseball?

  16. scudbot says: Sep 6, 2011 9:02 AM

    I’ve been so concerned about whether or not crack sports reporters would stay on top of the indecision of a guy who isn’t ready to play that I haven’t been able to sleep.

  17. blackbeardk says: Sep 6, 2011 9:05 AM

    A good compromise would be to let him practice with the team, but not play in the first 5 games.

  18. prospermc says: Sep 6, 2011 9:16 AM

    It just seems really bad when players can use PED’s and get a slap on the wrist, and players like pryor who has mad mistakes gets spun around the media vacum and shot out at the world as the worse person ever. Cheating to gain an advantage gets you a 4 game hit. But if you haven’t done anything illegal you get 5. He wasn’t arrested like many other players but he is hated by many. He is now the NFL’s version of Judas. To Bad.

  19. johnnyoclock says: Sep 6, 2011 9:25 AM

    “……the league has decided to provide a less certain escape route for coaches and players who run afoul of the expectations of the NCAA.”

    And there’s nothing wrong with that.

  20. wnyraider says: Sep 6, 2011 9:29 AM

    @ 6thsense79, yes he can play through it much like the williams’ did. However, what this league usually does if the owners are unified, is hold the hearing at some point before their game then the appeal usually is overtuned, upholding the suspension.

  21. wnyraider says: Sep 6, 2011 9:40 AM

    People have to remember, Goodell doesn’t run the league the owners do. He’s merely their spokesman. Each team is its own private corporation, who collectively create a conglomerate. Each owner acts as a member of the board of executives, with Goodell as basically a superintendent or principal. The owners are his boss.

  22. melikefootball says: Sep 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    OH PLEASE FEEL SORRY FOR ME. He should feel lucky anyione picked him. His smile is pretty but his integrity, he need to work on.

  23. joetoronto says: Sep 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    1bigtex says: Sep 6, 2011 7:44 AM

    So let me get this straight, Pryor agreed to the suspension to get in the supplemental draft. He got picked. Then he was going to appeal the suspension. Then he wasn’t. Then he was again. Then he wasn’t. Now he is again. I guess we have all the evidence we need to believe that “scored a 7 on the Wonderlic” story.
    *************************************************
    Only sheep believe everything they’re told, bigtex.

    If you don’t realize that the media is merely guessing on this, than you’re just another sheep.

  24. whatswiththehate says: Sep 6, 2011 10:01 AM

    6thsense79 says:Sep 6, 2011 7:25 AM
    In short Goodell was saying I don’t like how you entered the NFL and I’ll try to keep you out. Unfortunately you didn’t break any rules entering into the league but since I felt you undermined the eligibility rules for the draft I will impose a 5 game suspension……At least that’s what he wanted to convey publicly. Privately he’s just carrying the NCAA’s punishment forward. Is it just a coincident that the 5 game suspension is the same number of games the NCAA was trying to hang on Pryor?
    ———————-
    And the NCAA is the same organization that said publicly we really didn’t find any evidence that Cam’s father broke our rules but since the media is making a big stink and we have a loyal and more beloved group of college alums breathing down our backs to find Auburn guilty of something, we need to save face by feigning anger and announcing the desire to “close” so called “third party” loop-holes and give ammunition to the Auburn haters, who don’t want to let the story die, by being vague about whether the investigation is closed on not. So what’s ur point? Dirty politics all around.

    The NFL looks out for the NCAA behind the scenes and the NCAA assist those in the sports media in dirty school rivalry.

  25. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:05 AM

    All I know is that if Jason Campbell goes down in the 1st quarter of the season…the Raiders will be in position to draft Andrew Luck. I can’t even imagine us scoring a td with Kyle Boller let alone winning a game.

  26. 1bigtex says: Sep 6, 2011 11:19 AM

    @ joetoronto

    Are you saying the story about the Wonderlic score isn’t true or that all the back and forth on the appeal isn’t true? If it’s the Wonderlic story, then please look up the meaning of the word “sarcasm”. You probably need to add that word to your vocabulary. And while we’re at it, isn’t the ability to make quick and accurate decisions kind of important for a QB? This guy’s been struggling with the same decision for weeks. Come on Terrelle, you’re not some chick trying to pick out a purse to match your shoes! Of course, quick decisions are not exactly a big strength for Jason Campbell either, so maybe Pryor’s on the right team.

    BTW “than you’re just another sheep”???

  27. tdk24 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:59 PM

    I hope he wins the appeal. I’m not saying what he did is right. I’m just saying what Roger did is wrong.

  28. radrntn says: Sep 6, 2011 2:06 PM

    C-O-L-L-U-S-I-O-N

    nothing more, nothing less.

  29. war27 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:58 PM

    Do any of you halfwit mediots and sheep think he is making this choice?

    The NFLPA is going to appeal this no matter what. he is suspended for nothing to do with the NFL or it’s players.

    You know he went to the right team, if Al Davis is breathing he’ll fight this to the end. And win.

  30. porky1976 says: Sep 8, 2011 4:08 PM

    It’s really not up to Pryor…anytime you are a member of a union you are obligated to do what’s best for the whole. Him not appealing Goodell’s decision sets a bad precedent and opens the door for the commish to do whatever the hell he wants.

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