Suspension for Raiders QB Pryor upheld

Posted Sept. 30, 2011 @ 4:35 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The NFL announced Friday that it has denied the suspension appeal of Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor, meaning the rookie will have to miss the team's next two games.

Pryor, who was picked by Oakland in the supplemental draft in August, was given a five-game suspension by the league because of his transgressions in college while at Ohio State. After saying at first he wouldn't appeal, Pryor did ask the league to shorten the suspension, though to no avail.

"Based on Mr. Pryor's actions, I believe it is a fair conclusion that he intentionally took steps to ensure that he would be declared ineligible for further college play and would be able to enter the NFL via the supplemental draft," commissioner Roger Goodell said while announcing the denial. "Taken as a whole, I found that this conduct was tantamount to a deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules in a way that distorts the underlying principles and calls into question the integrity of those rules.

"Mr. Pryor — not Ohio State or the NCAA — made the judgment that he was ineligible for college play, and then took a series of affirmative steps that were intended to, and had the effect of, accomplishing that result. Moreover, Mr. Pryor did so in order to avoid the consequences of his conduct while in college — conduct to which he had admitted and for which he had accepted a suspension — and to hasten the day when he could pursue a potentially lucrative professional career in the NFL."

The way we see it

This news comes as little surprise to the Raiders or Pryor. While the team was hopeful it could get its rookie back sooner so he could meet with coaches and practice with his teammates, few believed the league would shorten the suspension after taking such a tough stance on Pryor.