Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is going to be sitting more than he probably thought in 2010 when commissioner Roger Goodell hands down a suspension of the QB today. ESPN is reporting that Roethlisberger will have to sit 4 to 6 games.
What this means for the Steelers is that they will have to either go with one of three QB’s as their starter come opening day and through at least the first quarter of the season – Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch, or Byron Leftwich, who came to the team for a 7th round pick on Tuesday.
Here’s what ESPN has to say about the suspension:
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for four to six games on Wednesday for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, according to multiple sources. When the suspension is announced, it will contain conditions that will allow it to be reduced based on Roethlisberger’s behavior and compliance with clinical evaluators.
Commissioner Roger Goodell’s verdict will reinforce a message that NFL employees will be held to a higher standard than the law. Steelers employees were bracing Tuesday night for what they suspected would be an eight-game suspension, but two sources said it would not be eight games.
First off, if it’s six games, you can bet the NFLPA is going to file to get that reduced right away. They will charge that the QB was never charged with a crime, so that long of a suspension is not fair. As for the Steelers, it’s been said they may have the QB on the trade block at the right price. It will be interesting if this long of a suspension makes them more willing to part with Roethlisberger.