Beleaguered Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not serve as one of the team's captains this season.
A captain the previous season, Roethlisberger was not selected by the team to reprise the role. He will be suspended for the first four games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The team named tight end Heath Miller, wide receiver Hines Ward, linebacker James Farrior and special teamer Keyaron Fox as the four captains.
Roethlisberger was suspended for six games in April, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at the time he would review the player's behavior over the next few months. Goodell was satisfied that the quarterback has followed the league's guidelines and stayed out of trouble and later reduced the suspension.
Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a Georgia college student following a night of drinking in a Milledgeville, Ga., bar on March 5. He was not charged by Georgia authorities.
The league said the ''reinstatement is contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the personal conduct policy.''
Roethlisberger also is being sued in Nevada by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her there in 2008. No charges were brought in that case, and it did not figure in the NFL's suspension.