NFL notebook: Seahawks part ways with Jeannette's Pryor
The Seahawks cut quarterback Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette on Friday night, according to multiple reports.
The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, who acquired Pryor from the Raiders this offseason for a seventh-round pick, will go with Tarvaris Jackson as the backup to Russell Wilson.
Pryor, a third-round supplemental pick by the Raiders in 2011 out of Ohio State, will go though waiver process and become a free agent if he is not claimed.
The 25-year-old Pryor threw for 1,798 yards with seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games, including nine starts, with the Raiders last year.
• San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. The former Pro Bowler won't be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers' game against the Saints. “Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.” The 24-year-old Smith, one of the NFL's top pass rushers, missed five games last season to undergo treatment at an in patient facility following his DUI arrest Sept. 20. Just before training camp began last month, Smith was sentenced to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.
• The Bengals released running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, a move that was anticipated after they drafted LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round. Green-Ellis was Cincinnati's leading rusher each of the last two seasons. His role was reduced last year when Giovani Bernard was added to the backfield.
• Cornerback Tommie Campbell, who played at Aliquippa, Pitt and Cal (Pa.), was among the players cut by the Titans. Campbell, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, was flagged for defensive pass interference three times in Thursday night's 19-3 loss to Minnesota.
• Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was suspended for three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, his second such punishment in three seasons.
• Outside linebacker James Harrison met with the Cardinals but won't sign with the team because the two sides couldn't agree on a contract.
• A change of plea hearing is set for Tuesday for Colts owner Jim Irsay, who faces drug-related charges following a March traffic stop. A not guilty plea had previously been entered on behalf of the 55-year-old Colts owner.
• Newly signed backup quarterback Jordan Palmer and veteran punter Brian Moorman were among 10 players released by the Bills.
•The Bears waived former Northern Illinois star quarterback Jordan Lynch, a Heisman Trophy finalist who tying to make the team as a running back after being signed as an undrafted free agent.
• The Buccaneers released Connor Barth, the most accurate kicker in franchise history. Rookie Patrick Murray replaces Barth, who made a club-record 92.9 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2011.
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