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Mort: Pryor will appeal suspension

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has reported that Oakland rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor has decided to appeal his five-game suspension, which has already begun.

Pryor -- who Oakland took in the third round of the supplemental draft last month -- has been unable to participate in practice this week. He can’t play or practice until Oct. 10. He can meet with coaches and study his playbook.

Pryor has gone back and forth on whether or not to appeal. There has been speculation that a major reason Pryor would decide to appeal would be to appease veterans, who are worried about his case setting a precedent. He was suspended by the league as part of an agreement to allow him into the NFL after the ugly, premature ending to his career at Ohio State.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell usually doesn’t completely overturn suspensions upon appeal. However, there is the chance, if Pryor presents a compelling appeal that a game or two is shaved off.

Earlier this week, Oakland coach Hue Jackson essentially said it didn’t matter if Pryor appealed or not. It’s doubtful he’d be a major contributor quickly if he won his appeal. However, it would get him practice time after entering the league late in the summer.