Roethlisberger decision affects Dolphins

Ben Roethlisberger's good news wasn't so pleasant for the Miami Dolphins.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday reduced Roethlisberger's suspension from six games to four. The Pittsburgh Steelers' sixth game is against the Miami Dolphins, the only AFC East team that will be affected by Goodell's decision.

Miami would have a better chance versus Pittsburgh's alternative than against Roethlisberger in Sun Life Stadium.

Pittsburgh's top backup quarterback, Byron Leftwich, reportedly will miss the first two to four weeks with a sprained knee ligament. That leaves the job to Dennis Dixon, who’s entering his third season but has played in only two games.

The AFC East plays the AFC North this year.

The Steelers play the New England Patriots in Week 10, the Buffalo Bills in Week 12 and the New York Jets in Week 15.