Pryor must sit five weeks before he’s ruled eligible
Terrelle Pryor will have an opportunity to pursue his NFL dreams, with one significant caveat: The former Ohio State star still must pay for breaking NCAA rules while he was in college.
The league announced Thursday that Pryor is eligible for its supplemental draft, but he won’t be allowed to practice for the team that selects him until Week 6. Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes following an investigation into the team’s memorabilia-for-cash scandal. He would have had to sit out five games had he chosen to return to Ohio State.
The league hopes the decision will dissuade future college players who run afoul of the NCAA from trying to use the NFL as a means of escaping punishment.
NAPA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders will be without projected starting cornerback Chris Johnson for their preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night and might also play without center Samson Satele.
As if that wasn’t enough, wide receiver Louis Murphy will be sidelined indefinitely and likely miss the team’s regular-season opener after undergoing a medical procedure.
With running back Darren McFadden already out (fractured orbital bone), the Raiders are spending more time in the trainer’s room than on the field.
Around the league
• JAGUARS: Jacksonville will be without two starters for the rest of the preseason. Right tackle Eben Britton (shoulder) and tight end Zach Miller (sprained right knee) will miss at least two weeks. Both could be available for the Sept. 11 season opener.
Linebacker Clint Session and running back Rashad Jennings, both of whom sustained concussions, won’t play Friday against Atlanta.
• VIKINGS: Receiver Percy Harvin and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe won’t play when Minnesota visits Seattle on Saturday. Harvin (rib) hasn’t practiced much this week.Shiancoe (hamstring) also missed the preseason opener. Harvin, Michael Jenkins and Bernard Berrian are the top three receivers on the depth chart.