The NFL on Wednesday suspended Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Roethlisberger will not be permitted to take part in team activities until he undergoes counseling. If he meets the terms laid out by the league, the he will be permitted to take part in training camp and the preseason and the suspension could be dropped to four games.
"The Personal Conduct Policy makes clear that I may impose discipline 'even where the conduct does not result in conviction of a crime' as, for example, where the conduct 'imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person'," Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in his letter to Roethlisberger.
The Steelers showed that they had an inkling Roethlisberger's suspension would be a long one when they traded for quarterback Byron Leftwich Tuesday night.