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A hearing for Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor to appeal his league-mandated five-game suspension will take place Thursday, a source told NFL.com on Wednesday.
Pryor and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had previously said they would not oppose the penalty the NFL imposed as a condition of making him eligible for the supplemental draft. However, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Friday that Rosenhaus informed the NFL Players Association that the former Ohio State quarterback wanted to move forward with the appeal.
Members of the NFLPA executive committee had pushed for the union to appeal the suspension. Charlie Batch of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns were particularly vocal about their concern that the punishment sent the wrong message. Though commissioner Roger Goodell said he made the decision without consulting the NCAA, Fujita, Batch and were concerned about collegiate violations carrying over to the NFL and Goodell making unilateral decisions on punishments.
Pryor’s attorney, David Cornwell, filed a letter Aug. 26 saying he planned to appeal.
The Raiders drafted Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft. He is behind both Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller on the Raiders quarterback depth chart and does not count against the Raiders roster while serving his suspension.
Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen contributed to this report.
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