Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will not return for his senior season, his attorney announced Tuesday.

“In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forego my senior year of football at The Ohio State University,” Pryor said in a prepared statement read by his attorney Larry James.

James said that Pryor would likely make himself available for the NFL supplemental draft.

Pryor was suspended for Ohio State’s first five games of the 2011 season for accepting tattoos in exchange for memorabilia from

Columbus tattoo shop.

The announcement came eight days after Jim Tressel was forced to resign as Ohio State coach.

“We understand Terrelle’s decision and wish him well in this next phase of his life,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.  “We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree.”

Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell said that he was notified on Tuesday evening that Pryor was leaving.

“I wish him the best in his pursuits,” Fickell said in a statement.

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