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Ben Roethlisberger to seek shorter ban

Earlier Wednesday we wrote about the unpredictability of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's suspensions with AFC North players.

But one thing that is predictable with Goodell is he rarely, if ever, backs down from a decision.

Goodell made a ruling in April that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will serve a conditional six-game suspension with a chance to be reduced to four with good behavior. The NFL took its time with the decision, waited for the facts, then carefully crafted a way for Roethlisberger to be punished while providing a chance to redeem himself.

But according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, Roethlisberger's reps will ask for less than four games during their meeting with Goodell on Friday. The request appears to be a shot in the dark.

Roethlisberger has done and said all the right things the past several months. But is it enough to make Goodell go against the guidelines he already set for Roethlisberger's suspension? Probably not.

Roethlisberger passed the first stage by staying out of trouble. That likely will get his suspension cut to four games. But wanting, or expecting, even more leniency this week falls in the category of "leave well enough alone."