The Pittsburgh Steelers got some good news on Friday when the NFL announced they have reduced running back Le'Veon Bell's suspension from 4-games to 3-games to start the 2016 NFL season.
Steelers' RB LeVeon Bell is having his suspension reduced from 4 to 3 games, sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2016
Steelers' RB LeVeon Bell now will be eligible to play Week 4 vs the Kansas City Chiefs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2016
The ruling was made Friday when a third party reviewed the facts behind the potential suspension, and ruled to reduce the suspension by just one game.
With the reduction, Bell's suspension will have him missing the opening game against the Washington Redskins in Week 1, a home game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 and a road trip to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in Week 3. He will be eligible to practice after that game, and will return when the Kansas City Chiefs come to Heinz Field in Week 4.
The officical ruling from the NFL has yet to be announced, but it will be interesting to see, if it is every released, what caused the league to take just one game off the suspension. Where was the grey area in regards to a missed drug test? Some of these questions, fans will likely never know.
This is the second consecutive year Bell has had a suspension reduced. In 2015 he missed two games when he was originally suspended three games for being arrested with a DUI and marijuana possession.