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Report: Roethlisberger gets 4-6 game suspension

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  1. Johnny Lightning

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    Report: Roethlisberger gets 4-6 game suspension

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on April 21, 2010 10:34 AM ET

    Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended 4-6 games for violating the NFL personal conduct policy, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

    The conditional suspension can be reduced to four games based on Roethlisberger behavior and compliance with clinical evaluators.

    The Steelers were reportedly bracing for an eight-game suspension, so this news may come as a small relief.
     
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    Can we please merge, mods?
     
  4. Johnny Lightning

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    Sources: Roethlisberger ban 4-6 games

    By Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter
    ESPN

    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.
    On Tuesday, the Steelers traded a seventh-round pick in this week's NFL draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for quarterback Byron Leftwich, adding depth to the position in anticipation of a possible Roethlisberger suspension.
    Leftwich backed up Roethlisberger in 2008, when the Steelers won the Super Bowl. He knows offensive coordinator Bruce Arians' system and could be ready to play Sept. 12 when the Steelers open against the Atlanta Falcons.
    The Steelers play three teams that didn't make the playoffs this past season -- the Falcons, Bucs and Tennessee Titans -- plus the division rival Baltimore Ravens in their first four games, a period that could span any Roethlisberger suspension.
    Pittsburgh hosts the Cleveland Browns in its fifth game and travels to Miami to face the Dolphins in its sixth game. The Steelers have a bye in Week 5.
    Pittsburgh already has third-year quarterback Dennis Dixon and longtime backup Charlie Batch under contract. Batch has been injured each of the past two seasons. Dixon has started only one NFL game but likely would compete with Leftwich in training camp to be the early-season starter if Roethlisberger is suspended.
    Leftwich, 30, played in five games for Pittsburgh in 2008, throwing for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He was 7-of-10 for 129 yards and a touchdown while replacing the injured Roethlisberger against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 3, 2008.
     
  5. Johnny Lightning

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    I think they give Ben a 4 game suspension...
     
  6. Rainman

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    So... if Ben stops being a sexual predator, the suspension could be just 4 games? :icon_huh:

    Not sure Ben's willing to comply with such a harsh restriction! :icon_shrug:
     
  7. NORV4LIFE

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    True dat. Look for at least 2 more accusations by then.
     
  8. Johnny Lightning

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    Report: Steelers begin actively shopping Ben

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 21, 2010 11:56 AM ET


    Though we've seen the reports suggesting that the Steelers won't trade quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, we haven't believed them. The Pittsburgh media has opened the door far too wide, and the team has done nothing to slam it shut.

    Recently, a theory had emerged that the Steelers were choosing not to nip the buzz in the bud in order to ensure that Roethlisberger spends a week or so in fear of being exiled out of Pittsburgh, something that actually may be in his best long- and short-term interests.

    If it's a ruse, it's a damn convincing one.

    A day after Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Steelers are receiving trade feelers from other teams, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Steelers are contacting teams in the top ten of the draft regarding a possible trade.

    Per Schefter, at least one team is considering the possibility of sending the top-ten selection to the Steelers for Roethlisberger.

    As explained in a PFTV segment we'll be posting soon (actually, in two of them), there's a team in the top ten that should be more than willing to make the swap.
     
  9. NORV4LIFE

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    Welcome to oakland:no::icon_rofl::icon_rofl:
     
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    Oakland does not have a 1st round pick next year....count them out.
     
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    They do this year though. They could trade their #8 pick
     
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    Theres gonna be a team that offers 2 firsts.

    I'm thinking Jacksonville, Denver, Buffalo etc..
     
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    Goodell says Roethlisberger decision has not been made

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on April 21, 2010 12:17 PM ET


    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says ESPN has jumped the gun.

    Speaking at a Play 60 event in Central Park just a short jog away from where I'm locked to the computer, Goodell said that he hasn't made a decision yet about Ben Roethlisberger's punishment.

    Goodell wouldn't even confirm a suspension was coming, according to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported earlier Wednesday that Roethlisberger will be suspended 4-6 games. (He could have a six game suspension reduced to four if he satisfies certain conditions.) FOX's Jay Glazer also said Roethlisberger will get 4-6 games.

    Perhaps the league wants to announce the news on its own terms. We suspect we'll find out the official word soon enough.
     
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    Rich Eisen reported on twitter that the Rams showed no interest in the Steelers trade offer.
     
  16. Johnny Lightning

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    Decision won't be final until Goodell informs Roethlisberger

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 21, 2010 12:52 PM ET

    ESPN says that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended four to six games. Commissioner Roger Goodell says that no decision has been made.

    So what gives?

    As we understand it, the decision has not been finalized -- and won't be finalized -- until Goodell speaks directly to Roethlisberger about it. That hasn't happened.

    Until it happens, any tentative decisions could, in theory, change.

    In other words, keep hitting F5. We won't complain.
     
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    If the reports are true, and they are looking only for one top 10 pick, why would any team offer 2 1st's? I could see a 1st and a mid rounder to counter another team who has a pick 2-3 picks ahead, but not another 1st
     
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    6 games with a possible reduction to 4

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/22/sports/football/22roethlisberger.html

     
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    Well, I stand corrected. That's no little slap on the wrist.

    And Ben will be a Raider, I feel it.
     
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    On Roethlisberger trade, Steelers likely have passed the point of no return

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 21, 2010 10:36 PM ET

    For a week, the Steelers failed to nip in the bud the notion that he is available via trade. Now, for nearly a full day, they have been actively shopping him to other teams, in the wake of the announcement of his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.

    So what happens if the Steelers can't trade him for a first-round pick? Do they go for a Donovan McNabb package, with a second-round pick in 2010 and something more in 2011?

    Or do they simply bring him back?

    It could be too late for the Steelers to unring this bell, now that they're trying to move the elveventh pick from the 2004 draft. Really, how often does a starting quarterback move from trading block to his old job?

    To date, Roethlisberger's camp has been silent. With the Steelers' immediate response to the news of a suspension to be to commence the process of dumping him, maybe he has decided that he wants out.

    Either way, this story won't be wrapping up any time soon. If he gets traded, it's actually only getting started.
     
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    Schefter: Raiders out of Roethlisberger talks

    By Bill Williamson
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    It seems the Oakland Raiders are not interested in making two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger their own at the price tag the Pittsburgh Steelers want in return for the embattled star.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Raiders are out of the running for Roethlisberger. Schefter reported Thursday that the Raiders were one of the teams the Steelers contacted about Roethlisberger, who is facing a six-game NFL suspension.

    The Contra Costa Times reported that the Raiders contacted the Steelers but were not interested in giving up the No. 8 pick in Thursday night’s draft for Roethlisberger, and that the Raiders were interested in the Steelers tossing in the No. 18 pick into the deal.

    I can’t blame Oakland for looking for more picks. But the Raiders badly need a quarterback and Roethlisberger would be the answer for the next seven to eight years, provided he doesn’t have any more off-field issues. Who do you think will have a bigger impact in the next five years: Roethlisberger or the player the Raiders take at No. 8 Thursday night?

    The odds are it will be Roethlisberger and that’s why I think the Raiders shouldn’t close the door on this deal. But it seems like they have.
     
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    Roethlisberger's Nevada accuser pulls settlement offer

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 22, 2010 10:37 AM ET
    Last year, the woman who sued Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for **** in Nevada made a settlement offer that, frankly, appeared to be nothing more than a P.R. ploy.

    She offered to drop the case in exchange for an admission that Roethlisberger assaulted her, a letter of apology, and a $100,000 donation to an abused women's shelter.

    The offer, which Roethlisberger never would have accepted, has now been pulled.

    "The deadline for that has passed," lawyer Calvin R.X. Dunlap tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Indeed it has. Recent events have given the Nevada case more strength. Even though they don't change the facts of the Nevada case (which has real flaws, thanks to contemporaneous e-mails written by the accuser), the Georgia allegations and the six-game suspension give Dunlap and his client leverage.

    "The sanctions imposed by Commissioner Goodell are the business of the NFL, however, the behavior of Mr. Roethlisberger in Tahoe, in Georgia, in Las Vegas and elsewhere will be part of the business of our lawsuit," Dunlap told the Post-Gazette.

    The reference to Las Vegas relates to Boston lawyer Harry Manion's recent radio allegation, from which he quickly backtracked. So look for Dunlap to continue to hammer away at all possible incidents and accidents, hints and allegations until Roethlisberger decides to just write a check and be done with it.
     
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    Herm Edwards criticizes Steelers for shopping Roethlisberger

    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 22, 2010 9:50 AM ET
    Former NFL player and coach Herm Edwards appeared on ESPN Radio this morning and offered a different take on the Ben Roethlisberger story, criticizing the Pittsburgh Steelers for overlooking Roethlisberger's bad actions while the Steelers were winning Super Bowls but now trying to kick Roethlisberger when he's down by trying to trade him.

    "As a coach and a guy who's been in this league for 30 years, and understands about protecting the shield, I agree with the commissioner about suspending Ben," Edwards said. "But what I don't get is rumors about Ben being traded."

    Edwards said that as a coach he would have tried to get involved in personally helping Roethlisberger at the first hint of off-field problems -- even if that hint came at a time when Roethlisberger was winning a Super Bowl.

    "He has a problem," Edwards said. "When the Pittsburgh Steelers won two Super Bowl trophies, he probably had those problems."

    Edwards questioned whether the Steelers are really doing the right thing if they get rid of Roethlisberger.

    "We preach the team is a family," Edwards said. "When your son gets a DUI and wrecks the car, do you take him to the adoption agency and say you don't want him as your son anymore?"

    Edwards noted that he has two daughters and doesn't want to sound like he's condoning anything Roethlisberger did, but he also said that he thinks the ownership and coaching staff should have been working with Roethlisberger to try to get him to see that he needs to change the way he acts off the field.

    "I made it my business to understand what players have issues," Edwards said. "Those are the guys that you reach out to."
     
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    Report: Cardinals called Steelers about Roethlisberger

    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 22, 2010 11:39 AM ET
    If the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to trade quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Arizona Cardinals would make sense as trading partners, considering that head coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Steelers' offensive coordinator for the first three seasons of Roethlisberger's career.

    John Clayton of ESPN said on 620 KTAR that the Cardinals are at least interested enough to give the Steelers a call.

    "The Cardinals did check in. They called and made communication, " Clayton said on KTAR. "They did not make a real offer that is going to get anything done and I don't even know if it got to the offer stage".

    The fact that the Cardinals called could be interpreted as a sign that Whisenhunt is less than completely confident in Matt Leinart being the right quarterback to run his offense. On the other hand, the fact that the Cardinals haven't gone so far as to make an offer is a sign that the Cardinals' interest in Roethlisberger is muted.

    And if Whisenhunt doesn't want Roethlisberger badly enough for the Cardinals to make an offer, the chances are pretty good that every team in the league has determined that Roethlisberger is too toxic to trade for.
     
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    I saw that on ESPN this morning as well. I can't believe the Raiders would not part with their #1 this year for Big Ben. The Raiders never cared about character before. This guy would instantly make them a playoff contender. Gotta love Al Davis.


     
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    Steelers now claim that they didn't shop Roethlisberger

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 22, 2010 4:10 PM ET

    On Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter said that the Steelers were actively shopping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

    Schefter now says that all calls regarding Roethlisberger were made to the Steelers, not by them.

    The latter point meshes with something we've recently heard; the Steelers' position is that they didn't shop Roethlisberger, but that they only listed to other teams who had called. Then again, we'd expect them to make that claim if they did indeed actively shop him and if they have decided that it's time to cram some toothpaste back into the tube.

    Bottom line? For now, it looks like the Steelers will be keeping him around.


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