Perhaps Pryor will return to Raiders early

September, 4, 2011
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In the end, Terrelle Pryor has decided not to go down without a fight.

The NFL Network is reporting that the Raiders’ rookie quarterback is appealing his five-game suspension, which was part of him being included in the supplemental draft last month. The Raiders took the former Ohio State quarterback in the third round.

Pryor’s journey to the NFL has been convoluted for the past few months and his road to appealing has also been confusing. He had wavered on the decision. The suspension starts now and lasts until Oct. 10. He can’t play or practice, but he can meet with his coaches and study the playbook.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rarely lifts suspensions during the appeal process. However, it is not out of the question for Goodell to shave off a game or two from a suspension if a player makes a compelling case.

Pryor will be Oakland’s No. 3 quarterback when he joins the team.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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