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Roethlisberger's suspension reduced to 4 games

Posted on: September 3, 2010 11:10 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 11:27 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Roethlisberger met with Roger Goodell this morning -- not at the NFL's offices, reportedly in order to avoid the press -- and his suspension was reduced to four games.

The NFL released this statement, after the news was initially reported by Jason LaCanfora on Twitter .

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello released a statement from the NFL in which Goodell warned Ben that the reduction in suspension is "contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the Personal Conduct Policy."

Additionally, Roethlisberger cannot "e at the team’s practice facility, attend games, represent the club publicly in any way, have contact with any member of the coaching staff or other football operations personnel, or engage in any team football-related activities or discussions with teammates away from team facilities."

"You have told me and the Steelers that you committed to making better decisions," Goodell told Roethlisberger, according to the NFL. "Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment."

There was some speculation that Roethlisberger would seek a three game suspension to bring him back in time for the Steelers' home game against the Ravens in Week 4, although that notion was refuted earlier this morning .

It's impossible to say whether or not Big Ben did ask (until we hear a comment from his camp or Goodell's office), but it's clear that Goodell believes his behavior warranted a reduction in suspension.

The Steelers certainly welcome the news: Byron Leftwich suffered a second degree MCL sprain meaning Charlie Batch will likely make the roster and Dennis Dixon will likely start in Week 1 for Pittsburgh.

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