Will the Oakland Raiders Benefit From Likely Big Ben Suspension?

Mark it down Raiders fans.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll miss the Raiders-Steelers upcoming regular season match—up.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback was in violation the league’s conduct policy on Monday’s “The Dan Patrick Show”. Goodell added that Roethlisberger will face a possible suspension from the league for the alleged sexual misconduct incident that took place with a college student in March.

Just how many games will the Roethlisberger miss and when will the league sanctions take affect? That’s the question everyone is asking.

Most likely, Goodell will retrace his steps from the Michael Vick case and hand down a four—game suspension that will start on opening day.

And even though no arrest was made and the Georgia district attorney declined to pursue criminal charges on Roethlisberger, Goodell said the Steelers starting quarterback committed a violation and will have to answer for it.

"The issue here is with respect to a pattern of behavior and bad judgments," Goodell said on Patrick’s national radio program. "You do not have to be convicted or even charged of a crime to be able to demonstrate that you've violated a personal conduct policy, and reflect poorly not only on themselves, but all of their teammates, every NFL player in the league, and everyone associated with the NFL.

"And that is what my concern is, and I have expressed that directly to Ben, obviously, and I will be making a decision as soon as I possibly can."

Goodell also stated on the radio program, that he will collect all the facts and review the case carefully.

However, the commissioner wouldn’t comment on any time—table for a decision. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports speculated that it could be mad...

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