Raiders QB Pryor to reportedly appeal suspension

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will game suspension imposed by the NFL, making a reverse course from what he said during the preseason.

Numerous media sources indicate Pryor, who was chosen by the Raiders out of Ohio State in the supplemental draft and then signed a four-year contract, has decided to appeal.

Before being drafted and during his pro workout day, Pryor said he would not appeal the penalty.

Selected with the 18th pick of the third round, Pryor will be forced to sit the first five games of the regular season due to the scandal at Ohio State that forced head coach Jim Tressel to resign.

Pryor left Ohio State in June as he received improper benefits for selling awards and other memorabilia in 2009 and would have been forced to sit out the first five games of the 2011 regular season as punishment from the NCAA. The NFL eventually made Pryor eligible for the draft, but ruled that he cannot play the first five games of the 2011 season.

As a junior for the Buckeyes last season, he threw for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns along with 11 interceptions. Also, he ran for 754 yards and four TDs and led the team to a Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas, a victory that was later vacated after the aforementioned scandal came to light.