He would have to sit out for five weeks, but once he returned he could hit the practice field and the film room running.
Most of all, it seemed like he was finally ready to stop fighting the allegations and the league and swallow his medicine. Now, that doesn't seem to be the case. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, announced today that they will be appealing the suspension.
Fighting the suspension at this point is a waste of time and resources. There is no way Goodell is going to shorten or take away his suspension now.
For starters, it's too late to do so. If Pryor felt so strongly about the suspension being wrong, he would have appealed it from the start. Now, he just looks like a player acting on the whims of his agent.
Regarding Pryor's indecisiveness, Chris Mortensen wrote:
Pryor had previously said he would not oppose the penalty the NFL imposed as a condition of making him eligible for the supplemental draft. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL suspended Pryor for violating NFL eligibility rules when he sold memorabilia while playing for Ohio State.
If anything, Goodell's stance on Pryor's situation has hardened. Pryor's former head coach at Ohio State, Jim Tressel, was recently hired as a special assistant by the Indianapolis Colts.
Quickly after the hiring was announced, Tressel was suspended for six games. The suspension was handed down by the team, but Goodell admitted that he would have suspended Tressel either way.
Based on that, there is little chance that Goodell has changed his mind on how quickly Pryor should be able to be an active member of the Oakland Raiders roster.
Rosenhaus and Pryor might have been able to make a case that the suspension should be shortened a few days after it was handed down, but now it's simply too late.
Pryor's indecision and the recent events with Jim Tressel make it all but a guarantee that the Raiders won't have their new quarterback in their facility until after Week 5.