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Roethlisberger suspension reduced

September 4, 2010

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— Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension has been cut from six games to four by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ star quarterback met with Goodell early Friday and was told he could return on Oct. 17 against Cleveland.

Roethlisberger was suspended in April for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy, but Goodell said at the time he would review the player’s behavior over the following few months. Goodell was satisfied that the quarterback has followed the league’s guidelines and stayed out of trouble.

Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a Georgia college student following a night of drinking in a Milledgeville, Ga., bar on March 5. He was not charged by Georgia authorities.

The league said the “reinstatement is contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the personal-conduct policy.”

“You have told me and the Steelers that you are committed to making better decisions,” Goodell said in a letter to Roethlisberger. “Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment.”

Roethlisberger is the first player suspended by Goodell under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy who was not arrested, charged with or convicted of a crime.

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