ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported earlier Tuesday that Bell was negotiating a settlement with the NFL to reduce his suspension to one or two games.
Bell was suspended in April for his August 2014 arrest on charges of driving under the influence and marijuana possession. Bell was arrested while driving to the airport for a preseason game with then-teammate LeGarrette Blount.
“As I have stated before, we were disappointed in Le’Veon Bell’s actions last August,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “Le’Veon made a mistake and now he must learn from his mistake and focus on eliminating distractions from his life. 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.”
Blount, who now plays for the New England Patriots, was also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and will be suspended for the first game of the 2015 season. Bell was suspended an additional two games because of the DUI charge.
Bell was sentenced to 15 months probation and entered a pre-trial intervention program. He also had his driver’s license suspended for 60 days.
Bell was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014, his second season in the NFL, after rushing for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 83 receptions for 854 yards and three touchdowns. He was second in the NFL with 2,215 yards from scrimmage.
- Dan Gartland