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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Steelers president avoids trade talk

By James Walker

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II held a conference call with the media following the six-game suspension of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Rooney II did not speculate on trade rumors but said the team agrees with the NFL's punishment for Roethlisberger.
Many wanted to know about the possibility of a trade, which is gaining steam in NFL circles. But Rooney avoided the topic.

"We really can't answer any questions about trades, particularly this time of year," Rooney said. "We go into every draft with the idea we're going to do anything we can to make our team a better football team. So we just have to stick with that and not discuss trades in advance."

Here are some other highlights from Wednesday's media session:
"My understanding is the commissioner has discussed this with [NFLPA director DeMaurice] Smith," Rooney said. "I really would hesitate to speak for either one of them. But it's my understanding that the Players' Association does not plan to appeal it. But obviously they need to review it and discuss it with Ben, and again, I cannot speak for what they'll decide to do."