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When Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger meets with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, the Roethlisberger team will reportedly ask to reduce Big Ben's six-game suspension in half.

ESPN.com's Sal Paolantonio is reporting that Steelers president Arthur J. Rooney II will join Roethlisberger's team in New York to support his QB's case.

Goodell suspended Roethlisberger six games for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy in April. Goodell said he would consider reducing the length of the suspension if Roethlisberger complied with the league-imposed conditions.

Observers believed Goodell would reduce the suspension to four games, but it's expected that Roethlisberger's attorney, David Cornwell, will ask for a greater reduction in the suspension to three games, Paolantonio reports.

Roethlisberger is the first player suspended by Goodell under the personal-conduct policy who has not been arrested, charged with or convicted of a crime. Roethlisberger was accused in March of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in a Georgia nightclub. 

"I'm very encouraged by what he's doing," Goodell said of the two-time Super Bowl-winning QB at Steelers training camp.

The Steelers start the season at home against Atlanta before heading to Tennessee and Tampa Bay for Weeks Two and Three. If Big Ben's suspension is reduced to four games, he has an extra week to prepare to return, as the Steelers have a bye in Week Five before their Week Six matchup against Cleveland.

 

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