- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 14, 2010

PITTSBURGH | Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took part in offseason conditioning work for the first time this spring on Wednesday.

Roethlisberger reported to the Steelers’ practice facility one day after he met with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to discuss the two-time Super Bowl winner’s off-field problems.

Most Steelers players began the weightlifting and conditioning sessions on March 29, but Roethlisberger previously stayed away to avoid being a distraction. He is expected to take part Monday in the Steelers’ first on-field practices since the season ended in January.

Roethlisberger learned Monday he will not be charged for the alleged sexual assault of a Georgia college student last month. However, he could be disciplined by the league or the Steelers for his conduct. He also remains involved in an ongoing civil lawsuit in Nevada in which he is accused of sexual assault by a hotel employee.

Reporters are not permitted into the Steelers’ workout areas, and players are not expected to be made available for interviews until the on-field work starts next week.

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