Apr 21, 2010 4
The NFL has announced that Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for six games and will not be eligible to play until Week Eight, on October 31st. However, according to NFL PR man Greg Aiello, the suspension could be reduced 2-4 games based on Roethlisberger’s cooperation of a mandated “comprehensive behavioral evaluation.”
Analysis: You have to expect Roethlisberger will completely comply with the league’s requests, so our best guess is that the suspension has a chance to be reduced two games, making it a four-game suspension. But as of now, it’s a six-game suspension and, should Roethlisberger fail to meet the league’s requests, the suspension could be more than eight games, according to Aiello. Also, Roethlisberger cannot attend any offseason team activities until he undergoes a behavior evaluation and his return is approved by professionals.
The games he’s slated to miss as of now are:
There’s already a flurry of rumors suggesting the Steelers may trade the troubled QB for a high pick in this week’s draft. If so, their entire offense will need to be downgraded significantly. But for now, let’s assume Roethlisberger will remain a Steeler and will miss only 4-6 games. Pittsburgh this [...]