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2011 NFL Supplemental Draft Statement On QB Terrelle Pryor

The NFL released a statement on Thursday morning indicating that former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor is indeed eligible for the supplemental draft. The date of the draft, which had been delayed, is now Aug. 22.

In addition to Pryor being ruled eligible, the league announced that Pryor will not be permitted to practice or play in the first five weeks of the season.

Here's the league's entire statement on the Pryor situation:

In addition to being notified that Terrelle Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, NFL clubs were informed that Pryor 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.  This 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. 

In his decision allowing Pryor to enter the Supplemental Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell determined that Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs.  Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, negotiate and sign a contract with an NFL club, and fully participate in the remainder of the preseason.