Pryor, Ohio State’s starting QB last year, was the center of an NCAA investigation this past spring of a memorabilia-for-money scandal. In June he left OSU after head coach Jim Tressel resigned; Pryor would’ve been suspended for the first five games the Buckeyes played.
Today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that Pryor would be eligible for the supplemental draft (which had originally been scheduled for yesterday before being pushed back as Goodell weighed his options with Pryor). In a statement, the league said “NFL clubs were informed that Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules.”
If a team does draft Pryor (or he signs as an undrafted free agent) he will be allowed to participate in the team’s remaining preseason games, similar to Michael Vick, who was allowed to play preseason before being suspended for two regular season games when he was released from prison.