Le'Veon Bell suspension reduced to three games


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's suspension by the NFL for missing several drug tests has been reduced from four games to three.

This is the second consecutive season Bell has had a suspension reduced. In 2015, his three-game ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy was reduced to two games.

That suspension was a result of his arrest for marijuana possession and a DUI in 2014.

"We are disappointed Le'Veon Bell has been suspended three games to start the 2016 season," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement on Friday.

"We will continue to support Le'Veon, but we acknowledge this mistake has put the team in an unfortunate position.

"We will continue to work with Le'Veon to help him eliminate distractions in his life so he can reach his full potential as a member of our community as well as a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Despite losing Bell for three games, the Steelers are in good position to play without him. Last season, the team brought in veteran DeAngelo Williams, who ran for 907 yards in 10 starts after Bell missed most of the season due to injury.

Bell will miss games against the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.

He spoke about the suspension via his Twitter account, but later deleted the tweet. He wrote in the tweet to "use this video for all your stories & for interview purposes...this is the last time I'll speak about it."