Le'Veon Bell suspension cut from 4 to 3 games

Once again, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will begin the season by serving a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Facing an initial four-game suspension, Bell was confident that his suspension would be overturned. It wasn't, but it was reduced from four to three games.

With Bell sidelined for 10 games last season, DeAngelo Williams was an absolute stud.

Excluding a Week 17 matchup against the Browns, Williams racked up a total of 206 touches for 1,100 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns in the other nine games he played with Bell sidelined.

Even though he was basically a half-season starter, only Devonta Freeman, Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin scored more fantasy points than Williams last year.

If there's a silver lining, the suspension is at the start of the year, which allows Bell some additional time for his knee (MCL, PCL) to heal even though he says he's already 100 percent. Plus, bye weeks don't begin until Week 4 when Bell returns.

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