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Terrelle Pryor's Suspension Upsets Steelers' Charlie Batch

Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch is upset at Roger Goodell and the NFL for the league's decision to suspend Jeannette native Terrelle Pryor for five games at the start of his career with the Raiders.

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"He took it to another level when he said he was going to suspend Terrelle Pryor for five games and he wasn't even in the NFL last year," said Batch, who has been mentoring Pryor for years. "How can you do that? It's not right. It's not right at all."

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The problem, in Batch's view, is that Goodell has too much control over player suspensions and fines. The Steelers have been particularly vocal about this, in part because James Harrison was a frequent target of the NFL for fines last year as the league tried (mostly in a bizarre, inconsistent manner) to limit hits that might cause injury. Pryor is being suspended for things that happened when he was at Ohio State that have no real connection to the NFL, and players like Batch don't want Goodell to have the power to make those kinds of moves. 

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.