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Pryor declared eligible for supplemental draft

Associated Press / August 19, 2011

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Terrelle Pryor will have an opportunity to pursue his NFL dreams, with one significant caveat: The former Ohio State star must still pay for breaking NCAA rules while he was in college.

The league announced yesterday that Pryor is eligible for Monday’s supplemental draft, but 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.

“We accept that voluntarily,’’ Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the AP. “It’s a small price to pay for him to have a chance to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.’’

The league hopes the decision will dissuade college players who run afoul of the NCAA from trying to use the NFL as a means of escaping punishment.

The league informed clubs that Pryor “made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft.’’ Among those actions, the league said, were the hiring of an agent in violation of NCAA rules and a failure to cooperate with the investigation that cost Ohio State coach Jim Tressel his job. The NCAA committee on infractions is working to determine the school’s final penalties.

Vick clarifies remarks After telling GQ magazine that he didn’t want to come to Philadelphia to be a third-string quarterback following his release from federal prison two years ago, Michael Vick clarified his remarks.

“I did speak with many people, but the decision to sign in Philadelphia was based on my discussions with my agent, my family, and with coach [Andy] Reid,’’ Vick said in a statement.

“And after those discussions, it became clear to me that this was the place I wanted to play and resume my NFL career. The commissioner never told me to sign or not sign with particular teams.’’

The article in the September issue of GQ states: “After meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced - and granted league approval - to sign with Philly.’’

Vick is then quoted in the story as saying: “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation.’’

But Vick’s statement yesterday contradicts those comments.

The NFL also issued the following statement yesterday: “Michael Vick’s decision on where to play to put himself in the best position to succeed was entirely his own . . . The commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case.’’

Suit over concussions Six former and one current player have sued the NFL over its handling of concussion-related injuries, the first potential class-action lawsuit of its kind.

The players accuse the league of training players to hit with their heads, failing to properly treat them for concussions, and trying to conceal for decades any links between football and brain injuries.

The plaintiffs include former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who has said he played through five concussions but now frequently walks around “in a daze.’’

The suit, filed Wednesday, seeks medical monitoring along with funds to pay for the care of injured players.

Warren not put on IR Broncos defensive lineman Ty Warren will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair his partially torn right triceps, but won’t be placed on injured reserve in the hopes he can return in November. Warren was the Broncos’ top free agency acquisition, signing a two-year, $8 million deal two weeks ago after being cut by the Patriots . . . Ben Roethlisberger completed 8 of 12 passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Steelers cruised past the Eagles, 24-14, in Pittsburgh. Vick was intercepted three times during a miserable half in which he went 5 of 12 for 47 yards and was sacked once . . . Jets running back Shonn Greene has a low-grade skin infection on his right foot and will not play in Sunday night’s exhibition game against the Bengals.

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