Ben Roethlisberger is expected to be suspended 4-6 games for violating the NFL personal conduct policy, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.
The suspension will be a minimum of four games. ESPN expects it to be a conditional six-game suspension that can be reduced to four games based on Roethlisberger’s behavior and compliance with clinical evaluators. Counseling may wind up being part of the deal, in addition to possible random alcohol testing.
The Steelers were reportedly bracing for an eight-game suspension, so this news may come as a small relief.
If Roethlisberger were to miss four games, he could return to the team after a Week Five bye. Pittsburgh’s first four lucky opponents: Atlanta, Tennessee, Tampa Bay, and Baltimore.
Roethlisberger is expected to accept the punishment without appeal, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.