In the NFL, each and every game can have a huge impact on the team down the road. It is essential that a team has each and every one of their star players on the field at all times.
The Steelers just got one of their stars back on the field.
Earlier today, ESPN's Dan Graziano reported that Bell was negotiating a settlement with the NFL to reduce his suspension to one or two games.
Bell's suspension was for an August 2014 arrest, in which Bell was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and marijuana possession. At the time of the arrest, Bell was driving to the airport with then-teammate LeGarrette Blount.
Blount, who is now a New England Patriot was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. He also received a suspension, albeit a lesser one of one-game. This was because Blount was not driving at the time of the arrest, and thus did not receive a DUI charge.
Further consequences for Bell were 15 months probation, a pre-trial intervention program, and had his driver's license suspended for two months.
The third-year All-Pro back who posted over 2000 all-purpose yards last year will not be available for the Steelers' first two games, the first, at New England, and the second at Heinz Field versus the 49ers. Bell will be ready to roll (no pun intended) for the third game in St. Louis versus the Rams.