NEW YORK (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger's six-game suspension likely
will be shortened to four games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell
after the two meet in New York on Friday.

Goodell has said he will make his decision after the preseason concludes.

The Steelers play Carolina on Thursday night.

Although the NFL has not confirmed the exact location or time for the
meeting, Roethlisberger is expected to meet Goodell at league

Roethlisberger was suspended in April under the league's personal conduct policy and the quarterback is not eligible to return until Oct. 31 at New Orleans.

However, Goodell stipulated in the suspension that it could be reduced if Roethlisberger behaves well and undergoes counseling.

The commissioner indicated when he met with Roethlisberger earlier in August that Roethlisberger was on the right track.

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