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QB Ben Roethlisberger Suspended 4 – 6 Weeks

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The news of Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension has been handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell and the time lost will be four to six weeks. At this time, Roethlisberger is suspend for six weeks, but if he stays on the straight and narrow path, he will only miss four games.

That means Roethlisberger will miss the games below on the Steelers schedule to start the season.

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Falcons

at Titans

at Buccaneers

Ravens

The only game of the four that should be a very winable game is week three against the Buccaneers. Beyond that the Falcons, Titans and Ravens won’t be easy games. Of those three games, Steeler fans have to be most concerned with the Ravens’ contest as this is a division game and the Ravens have a very good team.

It is very reasonable to believe this team will start out with a possible one and three record before Roethlisberger comes back. In order to win, the Steelers need to get back to their core basics of playing hard nose defense and pounding to football.

Trade Rumors

With the addition of quarterback Byron Leftwich via trade with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, rumors are swirling that the team is talking with other organizations about moving Roethlisberger.

The national media is making a big deal about the Steelers management and fan base being irate about what Roethlisberger has done and a move might actually happen. Santonio Holmes was traded away just a week ago to the Jets and only for a fifth round pick, for his poor behavior off the field.

If Roethlisberger is moved, the Steelers won’t be a favorite to make the playoffs as they have no established quarterback that can lead this team.

Fantasy Breakdown

Assuming Roethlisberger stays, he is now nothing more than a late round flair with his suspension, the trade of Holmes and a commitment to running all coming about. Look for Rashard Mendenhall to be the focal point in this offense for the 2010 season as it will be crucial to this teams’ success for him to have a Pro Bowl season.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the team land a couple offensive lineman and maybe a runner to compliment Mendenhall in the draft.

NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com

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