Terrelle Pryor Will Appeal Ban

Pryor Eligible For Monday's Supplemental Draft
Pryor Eligible For Monday's Supplemental Draft

The attorney for former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pyror now says his client will appeal the five game suspension given to him by the NFL. This is a reversal from the position they gave on Thursday.

The NFL announced Thursday morning that Pryor is eligible for the league's supplemental draft but, they said Pryor must sit out the first five weeks of the regular season for what they feel was trying to undermine the draft process.

The NFL announced the draft will take place on Monday at 1:00 p.m.

The former Buckeye can play in preseason games, but can't play until week 6 of the regular season.  Pryor can meet with coaches and attend meetings at a team's facility during that time, however.

Pryor and four other teammates were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season last December for receiving improper benefits.  Pryor decided to leave Ohio State in June, hoping to turn pro.

To be eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft a player's status with the NCAA must have changed.

The NFL released a statement about Pryor saying, "(He) made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules, which resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football.

"Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules. Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs."

Pryor is the school's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks, with 2,164 yards.  He also tied another school record with 57 career touchdown passes.

If a team selects Pryor, they must forfeit the corresponding pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.