The NFL has announced that Ben Roethlisberger is going to receive a 6-game suspension for his involvement in the recent sexual assault case in Milledgeville, GA. With good behavior, the suspension can be reduced to 4 games.
In order for the suspension to be reduced to 4 games, Roethlisberger will have to show good behavior, as well as compliance with clinical evaluators. Translation: Big Ben has to straighten his act out, and prove to the psychologists that he’s not a sexual predator.
Reports claim that the Steelers organization was actually anticipating an 8-game suspension. That would help explain the sudden trade for Byron Leftwich.
A 4 game suspension would mean that Ben would miss 25% of the regular season. A six game suspension would encompass a full 38% of the season. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
Now that it is clear to other NFL teams how much of the season Roethlisberger will miss, they will probably start making trade offers to the Steelers.