Roethlisberger cleared for team activities
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger runs a passing drill on the first day of mandatory off-season workouts in April.
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The National Football League said in a statement this evening that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been cleared by the league to rejoin the Steelers for team activities beginning next week.
The statement read:
"Based on the reports and recommendations of our medical experts, Commissioner [Roger] Goodell advised the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger today that he is cleared to return to team activities beginning next week.
"The commissioner will continue to monitor Roethlisberger's progress as he begins the next phase of his recommended plan and will meet with Roethlisberger again at the appropriate time.
"There has been no decision on any modification to the length of Roethlisberger's suspension. In his April 21 disciplinary decision, Commissioner Goodell announced that Roethlisberger is suspended without pay for the first six games of the regular season.
"The commissioner said he would review Roethlisberger's progress prior to the start of the regular season and consider whether to reduce the suspension to four games. Failure to cooperate and follow his plan could result in a longer suspension."
Roethlisberger had been held out of team activities since early May after undergoing a battery of medical and behavioral evaluations. A woman in Georgia accused Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her in a nightclub bathroom in Milledgeville, Ga., on March 5. Authorities in Georgia declined to charge Roethlisberger after a weeks-long investigation.
"Commissioner Goodell informed us today that based on the information he received from the clinical evaluations, he has cleared Ben Roethlisberger to return to the Steelers' facility to take part in both meetings and practices," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.
"We look forward to having Ben re-join his teammates on the practice field."
First Published May 27, 2010 7:15 pm