Pryor, a third-round, supplemental-draft pick by the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 22, was suspended for the first five games of what would have been his college season at Ohio State and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that the suspension conveyed to the pros.
Pryor initially said he would not appeal, then changed his mind and requested an expedited appeal. There is no word on when a decision on the appeal will be made.
Pryor’s former coach at Ohio State, Jim Tressel, was hired as a game-day consultant by the Indianapolis Colts, and similarly faced a five-game suspension had he not left the Buckeyes. The Colts opted to uphold that suspension, and increased it over Pryor’s suspension by one game. Tressel will begin his new gig Week 7.