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NFL upholds Terrelle Pryor's suspension

NFL upholds Terrelle Pryor's suspension NFL upholds Terrelle Pryor's suspension

The NFL denied former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor's appeal of his five-game suspension.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on his decision.  

"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," Goodell said in the statement. "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."

Pryor, who was drafted in the third round of the supplemental draft by the Oakland Raiders, left Ohio State in June after receiving improper benefits. 

He would have been suspended for the first five games of the Buckeyes season by the NCAA if he stayed at school.

Pryor should be available in two weeks when the Raiders host the Browns.

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