Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell suspension has been reduced to only two games from the initial three games after a settlement between the NFL and NFL Players Association.
The running back was suspended for three games back in April for his DUI and marijuana possession charges in August 2014. He was arrested whilst driving to a preseason game alongside LeGarrette Blount.
The New England Patriots running back charged with misdemeanour marijuana possession and has been suspended for the first game of next season. Bell on the other hand was given an extra two game suspension for his DUI charge.
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After a settlement agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA, Bell’s suspension has been reduced to only two games.
This can only mean good news for Bell and the Steelers as he will now be available for their week three game against the St Louis Rams.
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However, he will still miss the first two games of the season, the opener against the New England Patriots and the week two game against the San Francisco 49ers.
According to EPSN, Bell said he ‘most definitely’ wanted his suspension reduced but wasn’t sure how the league would handle his appeal. He was also prepared to take any punishment given to him.
"I want to make sure I do everything in my power to be a better teammate and player," Bell said on the first day of Steelers training camp. "Whatever the consequence is, I'll take it. ... You have to take the good with the bad."
Since being drafted by the Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell has played a key part in their offense. In the two seasons he has been in the league, he’s earned 2,221 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns from 534 carries, averaging 4.2 yards a carry.
Last season, he also showed how much of a dynamic player he was, achieving 854 receiving yards and three touchdowns from 83 receptions. This was the second highest amount of receptions from a running back last season behind Chicago Bears' Matt Forte.
His efforts last season also earned him a spot at the 2014 Pro Bowl.
The Steelers are prepared for his absence with the arrival of DeAngelo Williams. He is more than capable of taking the rushing workload during the first two games of the season
Ben Roethlisberger is a top quality quarterback who should be able to handle it without Bell as well. After all, he did achieve a career best of 4,952 passing yards and 32 touchdowns last season.
However, knowing he will be coming back sooner rather than later next season will bring relief to everywhere at the Steelers.