The NFL and the NFL Players Association have come to a settlement on Tuesday that reduces Pittsburgh Steelers‘ running back Le’Veon Bell’s suspension from three matches to two, the league has confirmed.
Bell has been suspended from the first two games of NFL without pay, as revealed in a statement by a NFL spokesperson on Tuesday.
The All-pro running back was arrested in August on DUI and marijuana charges following a traffic stop with then-teammate LeGarrette Blount. The arrest and charges brought against him led the NFL to hand Bell a three-match ban initially in April for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
The Ohio native was sentenced to a 15-month probation, entered into a diversion programme and pled no contest with the league’s decision.
“Le’Veon made a mistake and now he must learn from his mistake and focus on eliminating distractions from his life,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “We look forward to continuing to work with Le’Veon to try to help him reach his full potential as a person and as a player.”
The latest decision makes the 23-year-old running back eligible to feature in Steelers’ roster for their week two clash against the San Fransisco 49ers on September 21.
Bell essayed a breakout sophomore campaign that saw him carry 290 times for 1361 yards and eight touchdowns.