Published: Sep 03, 2010 4:38 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 04, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's suspension has been reduced from six games to four by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' star quarterback met with Goodell early Friday and was told he could return on Oct. 17 against Cleveland.

When Roethlisberger was suspended in April for violating the league's personal conduct policy, Goodell said he would review the player's behavior over the next few months. Goodell was satisfied that Roethlisberger has followed the league's guidelines and stayed out of trouble.

Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a Georgia college student following a night of drinking in a Milledgeville, Georgia, bar on March 5. He was not charged by Georgia authorities.