One day after Terrelle Pryor learned he would be eligible for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, with the condition that he be suspended for the first five games of the season, the former Ohio State quarterback has reversed course and chosen to fight the suspension. In the immediate aftermath of the news about Pryor's eligibility, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, seemed to accept the punishment and imply it would not be appealed. But all that changed on Friday.
According to a report in the USA Today, Pryor plans to appeal the suspension after the NFL Supplemental Draft, his lawyer David Cornwell said.
"(Commissioner Roger Goodell) indicated that we have the right to appeal within three days after Terrelle signs an NFL contract, and given some of the developments -- both in reaching the decision and comments out of the (NFL Players Association) regarding the decision -- I think it's likely that we will file an appeal, and give the Players Association an opportunity to make its objections to this on the record," Cornwell said.
The suspension essentially cuts Pryor's first-year check by one-third, which is a significant chunk of his earnings. Pryor is not looking at a hefty bonus or large contract, as well, making the decision to fight any suspension a logical one.
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