On Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave embattled Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the green light to return to team activities next week. Roethlisberger was suspended after a 20-year-old college student accused him of sexual assault.
Here's a nugget from an ESPN report that directly affects the Browns:
On April 21, Goodell suspended Roethlisberger for six games, but said he would consider reducing the suspension to four games at the start of the regular season, based on the quarterback's progress. ... If the suspension is reduced to four games, he would return for a home matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 17.
My two cents: The Browns and their fans better hope Roethlisberger's six-game suspension remains intact. Sure, the Browns beat Big Ben and the Steelers 13-6 this past December, sparking a four-game winning streak to end the 2009 season. But Roethlisberger still owns a 10-1 career record against the Browns. In those 11 games, he's passed for 2,434 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Browns could obviously benefit from facing Roethlisberger once this season instead of twice.