Embattled quarterback Terrelle Pryor has changed his mind and now plans to appeal a five-game suspension he agreed to in order to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, the NFL Network reported Sunday, citing a source.
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The NFL Players Association has been notified of the Oakland Raiders QB’s decision and could join the appeal, according to the report.
Pryor’s appeal comes on the heels of the Indianapolis Colts’ announcement Friday that they had hired former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel as a consultant on game days. Tressel will help decide whether the Colts should challenge plays.
Tressel lost his job as Ohio State coach and Pryor decided not to play his final season in Columbus because of their involvement in a scandal in which Buckeyes players received cash for memorabilia.
The Raiders selected Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft in Augutst after the QB agreed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s stipulation that he accept the same five-game suspension he would have incurred if he had stayed at Ohio State.
Pryor agreed and, after the draft, said he wouldn’t appeal the suspension.
Before the supplemental draft, Pryor’s attorney, David Cornwell, had said the QB would appeal the suspension, but Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, later said Pryor would not appeal.
Pryor, who signed a four-year, $2.7 million deal with Oakland, was eligible to play in the preseason, but the Raiders did not use him in the two games for which he appeared on their roster.