Le'Veon Bell suspension reduced to three games

Aug 20, 2016, 03:16
Le'Veon Bell suspension reduced to three games

In what he says is the only time he'll speak on the matter, Le'Veon Bell posted videos to his Twitter and Instagram account, issuing an apology and explaining what happened that led up to his suspension.

Bell, 24, had been suspended after missing league-mandated drug tests. While Bell awaits the results of an appeal for a four-game suspension for missed drug tests - he has declined comment on the dynamics of the case - the fourth-year player has seen a sizable workload in camp.

Bell was also suspended for the start of last season, missing two games.

Bell, who remains eligible to practice and play with the team through the remainder of the preseason, is the second marquee player for Pittsburgh to face disciplinary action by the league.

Bell's appeal successfully convinced the National Football League to reduce his suspension. I've made mistakes, but I want you guys to understand I never purposefully missed any drug test.

Despite losing Bell for three games, the Steelers are in good position to play without him.

Last year, Bell had a four-game suspension reduced to two games after a marijuana incident with former Steeler LeGarrette Blount in Ross Township. "We will continue to work with Le'Veon to help him eliminate his distractions in his life so he can reach his full potential as a member of our community as well as player for the Pittsburgh Steelers". But he also said on social media that he wouldn't miss a game due to the suspension and for the haters, "Let em hate". But they should be able to ride him for three games and get decent production in the short-term until Bell returns. Despite this being his second suspension, the team's general manager, Kevin Colbert, says that the team still supports Bell in his official statement from the team. His 2,215 yards rushing and receiving set the team record and he earned All-Pro.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news of the reduced suspension.

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