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Roethlisberger, who recently had his suspension reduced by two games for good behavior, will not play this season until Oct. 17 against the Cleveland Browns.Pittsburgh's captains this year are receiver Hines Ward, tight end Heath Miller and linebackers James Farrior and Keyaron Fox. "The captain's not just what you do on the field, it's what you do off the field," Ward said Monday. "Heath lives here [at the training facility], he's constantly here during coaching sessions and offseason workouts. It's well deserved." Until his suspension ends after the Steelers' Oct. 3 game against Baltimore, Roethlisberger cannot attend practice or visit the Steelers' offices and is not permitted to talk to coaches or fellow players about team-related matters. Ward doesn't think the Steelers intentionally slighted Roethlisberger by not choosing him a captain. "Ben's our quarterback," Ward said. "That in itself, he's the leader of this team." James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.