Goodell To Talk To Roethlisberger Today, Perhaps Reduce Suspension

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will talk to Ben Roethlisberger today, and there’s a strong chance he could reduce Roethlisberger’s suspension:

Goodell, who is visiting Steelers training camp, again praised the progress Roethlisberger since he punished the latter for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

He is expected to talk to Roethlisberger today before leaving St. Vincent College. Goodell also said he will meet with Roethlisberger in New York before making a decision on the length of the suspension that Roethlisberger will serve at the start of the season.

“I’m very encouraged by what he’s doing but I’ll take the period I have before I make a decision and make it probably right before the regular season,” Goodell said.

It sounds unlikely Roethlisberger’s suspension could end up being fewer than four games, the Post-Gazette reports:

When asked if there was any chance Roethlisberger’s suspension could be reduced to fewer than four games, Goodell responded: “I’ll make that decision later this month, but that’s the way it was designed. We’ll evaluate all of that at the end of the month.”

When he was asked to clarify whether the suspension could be fewer than four games, Goodell was vague: “No, we’ll make that decision on what the suspension is going to be at the end of the month.”

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