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Le'Veon Bell suspension reduced to 2 games

The 2014 arrests of Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount led to the two running backs getting hit with separate suspensions for 2015.

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The NFL announced Tuesday Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension had been reduced to just two games.

Last season, Bell was arguably the best back in football after finishing the year second in rushing yards (1,361) and receptions for a running back (83). Bell's suspension stems from an offseason arrest for a DUI and marijuana possession just prior to the start of the 2014 regular season.

It happened during the 2014 preseason, when he and then-teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested for marijuana possession. Bell was facing at least a two-game suspension for his DUI, and he faced up to a four-game ban for his arrest of possessing marijuana.

Because Bell was the driver, he was hit with DUI and larger sentencing from the NFL. Blount was suspended for one game to start the 2015 season, but it's Bell who will be missed by his team most after he had 2,215 yards from scrimmage, 11 touchdowns and made the All-Pro team last season.

Bell and Blount will miss the season opener in which the Patriots and Steelers will face off.

Bell will also miss the Steelers' Week 2 game against the 49ers. His first chance at playing this season will be Week 3 against the Rams. With Bell missing time, Pittsburgh signed DeAngelo Williams from the Carolina Panthers this offseason, but he has had durability issues in recent years and wasn't the same back he was in his prime, which led Carolina cut him this offseason.