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Terry Bradshaw: 'I pray they don't cut' Ben Roethlisberger's suspension

Updated at 11:53 a.m.

If Terry Bradshaw were the commissioner of the NFL, Ben Roethlisberger's six-game suspension would stand. [Update: The suspension has been reduced to four games.]

"Going to bars -- treating women like that; oh my God," Bradshaw, the Steelers' Hall of Fame quarterback, told the Shreveport Times (via ESPN). "I pray they don't cut [his NFL suspension] to four games. I hope they leave it at six. There is no excuse for that. The egos get out of hand."

The Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback was suspended in April for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Earlier that month, Georgia prosecutors decided not to file charges in connection with accusations by a 20-year-old college student that he sexually assaulted her.

Roethlisberger is expected to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today and will learn whether his suspension has been reduced.

No matter what the duration of the suspension, the Steelers will need a fill-in at quarterback. After suffering a knee injury Thursday night, don't expect that person to be Byron Leftwich.

Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon are the candidates to start after Leftwich sustained a knee injury in a second-quarter collision in Pittsburgh's final preseason game.

Leftwich, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, tore his medial collateral ligament and will be out indefinitely.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2010; 7:29 AM ET
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Now I'm no armchair quarterback, but the forgotten man in the quarterback saga in Pittsburgh is Homestead, PA native Charlie Batch. Haven't seen much of him in the preseason, yet with the injury to Bryon Leftwich I would have expected to see Batch getting the nod over the skilled yet inexperienced Dixon. The early fate of the Steelers 2010 campaign will be known by days end as we learn more about Leftwich's injury and the status of Rothlisberger's suspension.

Posted by: JackFact | September 3, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

You're right, Jack. Meant to add Batch to that post. Thanks!

Posted by: Cindy Boren | September 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

If the O-Line is anything like the last few years, they could be going into week 4 at 0-3, with Randle-El lining up under center...

Posted by: stevebeagrie | September 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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