Raiders Pryor Appeals Suspension

Friday, Sep 16, 2011  |  Updated 1:08 PM PDT
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Raiders Pryor Appeals Suspension

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Terrelle Pryor is appealing a five-game suspension from the NFL despite saying earlier that he would not appeal it.

Suspended Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a hearing Thursday on his bid to overturn his five-game ban.

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said it was a productive meeting and that he appreciated Commissioner Roger Goodell and the union taking time to hear from Pryor. Rosenhaus said he expected to get a ruling shortly.

Pryor did not attend the meeting in New York. He practiced on his own at the Raiders facility in Alameda Thursday and was not available for comment.

Pryor was selected by the Raiders in the third round of the supplemental draft on Aug. 22. Goodell suspended him, however, for the season's first five games for manipulating his eligibility for that draft.

Pryor originally said he would not contest the ban but changed his mind and filed the appeal through the union.

Several members of the NFL Players Association's executive committee previously have expressed concerns about Goodell suspending a player who was not yet in the league.

Under terms of the suspension, Pryor can't practice or play until the week of Oct. 10. He can attend meetings and has been working out on his own after practices.

Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes after an investigation into the team's memorabilia-for-cash scandal. He originally was barred from entering the supplemental draft, then was approved by Goodell, with the proviso he must sit out five games. Pryor was subject to a similar suspension had he returned to Ohio State.

He signed a four-year contract with the Raiders a few days after being drafted but did not appear in a preseason game.

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