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Terrelle Pryor could be ineligible for the supplemental draft

Terrelle Pryor may have turned down an offer from the Canadian Football League a little prematurely.

FOXSports.com is reporting that Pryor might not be eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft, should the league have one. The NFL has yet to set a date for the event.

According to the story, Pryor might not qualify for the supplemental draft because he voluntarily left school to turn pro.

"If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to FOXSports.com on Sunday. "It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft)."

Aiello cited examples of "unforeseen" changes as players who were kicked off their college teams, declared academically ineligible or graduated and then decided to leave school. Pryor doesn't qualify on any of those fronts.

While Pryor was at the center of a scandal at Ohio State that included trading memorabilia for cash, the NCAA had not yet decided on his status beyond suspending him for the first five games of the regular season. For the NFL's purposes, Pryor was still an eligible college player.

Pryor, who was heading into his senior season, could have turned pro after he was initially suspended in December. However, Pryor and the four other suspended players struck a deal with coach Jim Tressel not to declare for the draft after Tressel threatened to keep them out of the Sugar Bowl.

Pryor announced he was leaving Ohio State in June and hired super agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Pryor's status for the supplemental draft will be determined by Joel Bussert, the league's vice president of player personnel/football operations. Aiello said such eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.

The NFL has strict rules about supplemental draft eligibility because it doesn't want players trying to skirt the regular draft in an attempt to manipulate where they might be picked. Quarterback Bernie Kosar did just that in 1985 to land with the Cleveland Browns instead of the Minnesota Vikings.

If Pryor doesn't qualify for the supplemental draft, the Canadian Football League, which already showed an interest, is an option. Or he could sit out a year and train for the 2012 NFL draft.

Since the NFL ended its lockout Monday, there's no telling when the league will decide to have a supplemental draft, if at all. The only other player who was eligible was Georgia running back Caleb King, who was declared academically ineligible earlier this month.

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