Roethlisberger Will Sit 6 Games

Hopes of a 2-game suspension dashed
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2010 11:56 AM CDT
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wipes his face as he participates in the NFL team's practice in Pittsburgh on Monday, April 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) Pittsburgh fans can forget any hope that Ben Roethlisberger will get off with a slap on the wrist. The league today suspended Big Ben for the first 6 games of next season for violating its personal conduct policy, reports ESPN. Some in the Steelers organization had actually feared an 8-game penance over the rape allegations.

Sources also reveal that the Steelers have been calling other teams to see if any of them would deal a top 10 pick for the quarterback, and at least one team has debated such a trade internally. The Steelers aren't precisely eager to trade Roethlisberger, but would do it if the price was right, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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