Big Ben suspension reduction a foregone conclusion
August 4th, 2010

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is not expected to render any decisions regarding quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension when he visits Steelers training camp Thursday.

But unless Roethlisberger makes a major regression in the next couple of weeks, there is no way he is going to serve more than four games of the conditional suspension Goodell gave him in April.

It can be argued that the four-to-six game suspension Roethlisberger received was excessive in the first place since he has never been arrested or charged with a crime.

And whether you think the new Ben is authentic or it is Roethlisberger following a carefully-crafted script, he has done everything Goodell could have asked for when he lowered the boom on the two-time Super Bowl winner.

Roethlisberger has signed autographs at length for fans and been just as accommodating with reporters. He looks trim as ever, and that may be as good an indication as any that Roethlisberger is serious about putting his partying days behind him.

The NFL has not said what Roethlisberger has to do to get the suspension reduced. Given the leniency Goodell has shown recently to other players that have made headlines for the wrong reasons and the commitment Roethlisberger has shown to changing, it will be shocking if the Steelers are without their franchise quarterback for more than the first four games of the season.