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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Terrelle Pryor made right call to not appeal

By Bill Williamson

I think Terrelle Pryor made the right decision by choosing to not appeal his five-game NFL suspension.

The embattled former Ohio State quarterback has been through too much red tape already. It’s time for him to move on and concentrate on his NFL career.

This means Pryor will not be eligible to join Oakland’s active 53-man roster until Oct. 10, the day after the fifth game of the season. He can’t practice during his suspension, but he can work with coaches on his own during the suspension.

When Pryor comes off the suspension list, the Raiders will have to make a decision on how many quarterbacks they will carry. Trent Edwards and Kyle Boller are expected to be the backups to Jason Campbell when the season starts. Perhaps Oakland will keep all four quarterbacks when Pryor is eligible to play.

The next step is for Pryor to quickly sign his contract so he can practice with his team before he goes on the suspension list Sept. 4. Meanwhile, Pryor reiterated his desire to stay at quarterback in a radio interview.