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Pryor has hearing on suspension

Ruling expected soon on Raider’s 5-game ban

Associated Press / September 16, 2011

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Suspended Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a hearing yesterday on his bid to overturn his five-game ban.

Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said it was a productive meeting and that he appreciated commissioner Roger Goodell and the union taking time to hear from Pryor. Rosenhaus said he expected to get a ruling shortly.

Pryor did not attend the meeting in New York. He practiced on his own at the Raiders’ facility and was not available for comment.

Pryor was selected by Oakland in the third round of the supplemental draft Aug. 22. Goodell suspended him, however, for the season’s first five games for manipulating his eligibility for that draft.

Pryor originally said he would not contest the ban but changed his mind and filed the appeal through the union.

Several members of the Players Association’s executive committee previously have expressed concerns about Goodell suspending a player who was not yet in the league.

Under terms of the suspension, Pryor can’t practice or play until the week of Oct. 10. He can attend meetings and has been working out on his own after practices.

Pryor gave up his final season at Ohio State after an investigation into the team’s memorabilia-for-cash scandal. He originally was barred from entering the supplemental draft, then was approved by Goodell, with the proviso he must sit out five games. Pryor was subject to a similar suspension had he returned to the Buckeyes.

He signed a four-year contract with the Raiders a few days after being drafted but did not appear in a preseason game.

Tebow being patient Tim Tebow said that while he’s honored his fans are cheering for him to take over from Kyle Orton as the Broncos’ starter quarterback, he trusts coach John Fox and will bide his time without complaint.

“Well, I guess I appreciate the support, you know, but we got people in charge here that we trust and [I] trust they’re going to do the right thing,’’ Tebow said.

A group of Tebow supporters have said they’d like to buy two billboards in downtown Denver urging Fox to bench Orton in favor of Tebow.

Tebow said he’d rather they donate the $10,000 to his charitable foundation.

“That’s a good idea, man,’’ Tebow said.

Especially because Fox probably wouldn’t see the billboards anyway, and even if he did, he certainly wouldn’t be swayed by them.

“Well, I’ve seen a lot of billboards and I can’t remember one that really influenced me,’’ Fox said.

Tebow never came close to beating out Orton this summer and was even outplayed by second-stringer Brady Quinn.

Tebow’s fans started calling for him anyway when Orton had a poor performance in Denver’s 23-20 loss to Oakland on Monday night, when he fumbled the ball away without getting hit while his tight end was open in the end zone for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

Hall of Famer John Elway, now the Broncos’ chief of football operations, chimed in, tweeting, “If decisions were made based on one week, I’d have been outta here after my first start!’’

That was on Sept. 4, 1983, at Pittsburgh, where Elway was just 1 for 8 for 14 yards with one interception and four sacks.

Urlacher returns Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher returned to practice after the death of his mother and is expected to play in Sunday’s game at New Orleans.

Urlacher had missed Wednesday’s practice following the sudden death Lavoyda Urlacher at her home in Texas on Monday night.

“Sometimes when you’re going through tough times like he is right now you want to get back with your support group, which is here with his teammates,’’ coach Lovie Smith said. “It was good to get him back, see his face and show some support that way. Football is pretty important to him. So you know he’s excited about playing the game this Sunday.’’

Jackson hopeful Running back Steven Jackson, who strained his right quadriceps on a 47-yard scoring run on the Rams’ first offensive play of the season, has not ruled himself out for Monday night’s game against the Giants even though he hasn’t practiced this week. “It’s all predicated on how I feel on Monday. But definitely shooting to have an outside chance to be able to go,’’ Jackson said. “Luckily we buy an extra day with the Monday night game but we want to be smart. We know it’s early in the season.’’ Coach Steve Spagnuolo says Jackson will be evaluated closer to game day. “He’s the only guy that knows,’’ Spagnuolo said. “We’ll see, it’s a day-by-day thing.’’ . . . With defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and center Todd McClure sidelined, the Falcons won’t be at full strength Sunday night when the Eagles (1-0) visit the Georgia Dome. The good news for Atlanta, however, is that fullback Ovie Mughelli and defensive tackle Corey Peters haven’t missed practice this week and seem nearly recovered from knee injuries. Mughelli, a Pro Bowl selection last year, left the opening loss at Chicago and did not return. Peters, a 15-game starter as a rookie in 2010, did not dress for the opener after being injured during the preseason . . . Jets linebacker David Harris did not practice because of a toe injury, while wide receiver Santonio Holmes was limited with a sore knee and quadriceps, but both are expected to play Sunday against Jacksonville . . . Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson will have an X-ray on his sore knee to make sure he doesn’t have a serious injury. Coach Leslie Frazier said Henderson woke up in the morning with swelling and the team thought it would be “wise to hold him back’’ from practicing. Henderson practiced on Wednesday without problems, and the Vikings weren’t sure how he got hurt . . . Former quarterback Art Schlichter pleaded guilty to theft charges in Ohio linked to a sports ticket-fraud scheme and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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