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Report: No suspension coming today for Roethlisberger

In response to a report from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports that the NFL will suspend quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Monday or Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN says that it won’t come today.

So if Cole is right, this would mean that it’s coming . . . counting fingers . . . removing socks . . . engaging abacus . . . Tuesday.

Still, no one has addressed the reason for the change in the timing, given that Steelers president Art Rooney made it clear on April 15 that discipline wouldn’t come until the week after the draft, at the earliest.  Apart from the potential P.R. benefits we pointed out last night, we’re hearing that some teams were complaining that it would be unfair for the Steelers to know before the draft the specific opponents they’ll face without Roethlisberger, with the opponents not knowing for sure whether to make their picks without knowing whether they’ll face the Steelers with Roethlisberger or Dennis Dixon at quarterback.

The fair outcome, then, will be for everyone to know before the draft the specific games that Roethlisberger will miss, in light of the fact that the schedule will be released on Tuesday.

It makes sense, and it means that the suspension needs to come on Thursday at the latest.  The smarter move would be to announce it tomorrow afternoon, and then hope that the news of the new schedule will help nudge it out of the spotlight quickly.

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32 Responses to “Report: No suspension coming today for Roethlisberger”
  1. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 19, 2010 9:15 AM

    “Report: No suspension coming today for Roethlisberger.”
    ————————————————–
    He can’t be suspended today.
    As previously reported, the gallows won’t be ready until end of business today.

  2. falcon3 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:15 AM

    Why are teams complaining? I’ve never heard of a team saying “we have to pick (insert draft pick) to face (insert opponent’s player).” That’s stupid. Isnt’ the draft about picking the best player for your team for the next 4-10 years, not for the first half of ONE season?
    What a bunch of whiners.

  3. thunderdog says: Apr 19, 2010 9:18 AM

    So, a team is going to draft one player over another based on what quarterback that team may face during the draftee’s rookie season? Really?
    While I really don’t believe that happens, if any team does that they will deservedly have a flop of a draft for overthinking, if nothing else.

  4. millch12 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:19 AM

    You really think it would change a team’s draft strategy if they found out that for 1 of their 16 games they would be facing a back-up quarterback??? “I was going to draft Derrick Morgan, but since Big Ben is out week 2, lets go with CJ Spiller instead!” Give me a break… it makes no sense

  5. DemocratsAreStupid says: Apr 19, 2010 9:21 AM

    to prove league bias . . .guaranteed the steelers play cleveland, tampa and buffalo in the first four weeks.

  6. Krow says: Apr 19, 2010 9:22 AM

    I thought they disposed of all the evidence… and paid off the rest? Aren’t we in that “pretending he’s innocent” phase? I think we do the “he’s learned his lesson” dance next, right? Where he kind of promises not to rape any more underage girls. Least till he’s out of football.

  7. jerseykingpin says: Apr 19, 2010 9:23 AM

    Who reads YAHOO SPORTS anyway well I guess you Florio thats where you get all your hot tips from . Lets see the Steelers and the NFL said it wont come till after the draft but you still report it will come before then great reporting

  8. marktg30 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:24 AM

    Teams should focus on making their team better. Not just good enough to beat Pittsburgh.
    Regardless, I agree with the point that he should be dealt with sooner rather than later.

  9. steelnuts says: Apr 19, 2010 9:24 AM

    I doubt teams are going to change who they draft on Thursday based on whether they are playing against Dixon or Roethlesberger. This would that a team was drafting an unproven rookie to help them out with one upcoming game. Aren’t they drafting player to help them in the long term, not just a single game based upon which QB they’ll be facing?… Besides, Roethlesberger is a benefit of the system. He’s not that great. Any QB in that system will be ok. So it doesn’t matter if it’s Dixon or Batch for that matter.

  10. downwithdansnyder says: Apr 19, 2010 9:27 AM

    If oponents change their draft thinking because Big Ben will be suspended 4-8 games then they should be fired. Talk about short term, incorrect thinking. It’s almost too funny and stupid to be true.

  11. steelerfan9598 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:29 AM

    WOW. Teams will be changing their draft strategy based on one game with or without Roethlisberger? Mike, you’ve reached new heights of stupid with that one.

  12. Staubach says: Apr 19, 2010 9:30 AM

    The only way this makes sense is if the Steelers are shopping Rothlisberger, and other teams want to know how long he will be suspended before trading for him (and/or they want to use the length of the suspension to bargain down the price).

  13. it's all bs says: Apr 19, 2010 9:31 AM

    falcon3 says:
    April 19, 2010 9:15 AM
    Why are teams complaining? I’ve never heard of a team saying “we have to pick (insert draft pick) to face (insert opponent’s player).” That’s stupid. Isnt’ the draft about picking the best player for your team for the next 4-10 years, not for the first half of ONE season?
    What a bunch of whiners.
    ____________________________
    my thoughts exactly….but of course this is coming from that mastermind Florio so I highly doubt that it’s true anyway!

  14. PrimeTime says: Apr 19, 2010 9:34 AM

    Trade to the Cardinals in the works… you’ll see.

  15. .RebaTe says: Apr 19, 2010 9:35 AM

    “..and then hope that the news of the new schedule will help nudge it out of the spotlight quickly.”
    Nudge it out of the spotlight??
    Not as long as there’s still one breath left in your miserable carcass you f*cking gutter trawling hack…

  16. spyboots says: Apr 19, 2010 9:35 AM

    Doesn’t everyone get the schedule at the same time as to which teams are playing whom and when?

  17. ArtModellsPimp says: Apr 19, 2010 9:36 AM

    …and that once-radiant city on the banks of the three rivers continues to crumble into oblivion.
    About damned time.

  18. joethaplumber says: Apr 19, 2010 9:39 AM

    “Big ben” got off this time, the other time…and lord knows how many other times he’s been given a pass. It’s time to call a rapist, “a rapist”. This guy belongs behind bars!
    Suspend him, hell no trade him. Immediately. You want to talk about hits taken. If Rooney keeps this goon, he is telling his wife, mother, daughter and any other woman on the planet that no doesn’t mean no if you are a two time Super Bowl winning quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. That it is ok for two tax paid, public trusting, one a state trooper from Pa., the other a policeman from somewhere in Pa. to go anywhere in this country and intimidate women into having sex. ( The cops are an even bigger issue for the state of PA. ) Underage women no less. How PATHETIC. How could an OL block for this creep. How could a man, any man, much less NFL players drink a beer with this guy. With his money, job, star status, etc. he has to trick women into having sex. PATHETIC isn’t even the correct way to articulate this scum. Kobe, Tiger, John Edwards, pick somebody, anybody; this is WAY worse. Also, twice now in this situation. This is abhorrent behavior and if Rooney tolerates it. Shame on him,
    I, personally am done with entitled athletes. Mistakes are one thing, not respecting women another. How could any man tolerate this behavior in a son, a father, a brother, a friend, in any man. Society will not get better until individuals, teammates,etc. are done with this type of behavior. Rooney was correct in his thinking to trade SH, what is taking him so long with Big Ben? This is black and white, crystal clear, compared with what SH was up to.

  19. The Terminator says: Apr 19, 2010 9:44 AM

    millch12 says:
    April 19, 2010 9:19 AM
    You really think it would change a team’s draft strategy if they found out that for 1 of their 16 games they would be facing a back-up quarterback??? “I was going to draft Derrick Morgan, but since Big Ben is out week 2, lets go with CJ Spiller instead!” Give me a break… it makes no sense
    _________________________
    Yea but Florio makes no sense which explains why it makes no sense!

  20. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 19, 2010 9:45 AM

    millch12 says:
    April 19, 2010 9:19 AM
    You really think it would change a team’s draft strategy if they found out that for 1 of their 16 games they would be facing a back-up quarterback??? “I was going to draft Derrick Morgan, but since Big Ben is out week 2, lets go with CJ Spiller instead!” Give me a break… it makes no sense
    your right it makes no sense and Florio just made that up, he actually based that conclusion with his fantasy league

  21. bbww40 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:49 AM

    or………
    The Steelers want to trade Big Ben for 2010 draft picks and know that no one would be inclined to take him without knowing how many games he will miss.

  22. norton99 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:50 AM

    I know lawyers (Florio) have to make arguments,but to think a team will draft players based on whether they face Roethlisberger,Dixon or Batch is pretty stupid.

  23. darth_vincent says: Apr 19, 2010 9:57 AM

    I predict that there will no suspension at all for Ben. Maybe a fine.
    All he has to say is that he had “consensual sex with a DTF hot-chick in a bathroom bar” and there’s nothing wrong with that (if you’re willing to give up endorsements, fan good-will, etc, etc – but not games)

  24. madmike77 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:00 AM

    I can’t believe any team would let one specific game affect a draft pick. Well maybe the Raiders…

  25. mama tried says: Apr 19, 2010 10:08 AM

    Trade the raper!!!!

  26. LL Live says: Apr 19, 2010 10:21 AM

    The reason the schedule is delayed is to accomodate TV changing games the Steelers were going to be the featured game…with Ben out, they don’t want to waste the slots…they already know he is going to be suspended and for how long…4 games min…

  27. lemmyk73 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:21 AM

    AS big a moron as Ben is, I guess the old addage “Innocent until proven guilty” is a dead concept anymore.
    And does anyone think Ben will make it the whole season anyway? Suspension or not, someone is going to be out end his career this season.
    Although it would be hysterical if Ben got a 3rd ring this year.

  28. robert ethan says: Apr 19, 2010 10:48 AM

    Justice will be seeing Dixon or Batch play so well that Roethlisberger becomes redundant by the time he is cleared to return. I think there is a decent chance of that happening.

  29. spliffbunker says: Apr 19, 2010 10:51 AM

    @ .RebaTe:
    were you here about a month ago…in a parking lot at a mall in Sarasota near the Sears Automotive department?

  30. Tigers Johnson says: Apr 19, 2010 10:52 AM

    Teams are complaining because they pushed the release of the schedule back to make sure the Steelers are not playing any divisional games during Ben’s suspension.
    This favoritism that the NFL gives the Steelers is sickening…
    I already know who the Bengals first three opponents are….just to prove I have inside knowledge that teams are pissed cuz the NFL is trying to help the Steelers through any supension….
    The Bengals play the Jets on the first monday night of the season.
    Then they are home against Tampa Bay.
    Then they are home against Buffalo….
    My source is also pretty sure they play @ Browns the 4th game….

  31. Spoonthis says: Apr 19, 2010 11:06 AM

    The don’t make them any dumber than joethaplumber. It’s time call you stupid, stupid.
    How could this, how could that? You claim that he got off this time and the other time, where is the criminal charge from Nevada that he got out of?

  32. Adam says: Apr 19, 2010 11:51 AM

    IF the Bengals play the Jets first, that’s the worst Monday Night debut in years…and an easy won for the JEts

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