Friday's roundup: Le'Veon Bell's suspension cut to 3 games
Le’Veon Bell asked everyone, presumably his Steelers teammates as well, to “trust me” and in the end those words rung hollow when the NFL suspended him for the first three games of the season.
It is the second consecutive season in which the former Michigan State standout will start on the suspended list for violating the NFL’s policy and missing several drug tests. He also is the second Steelers player suspended this year for violating the drug policy. Wide receiver Martavis Bryant will miss the entire 2016 season for his multiple failed tests.
For the second consecutive year, the league reduced his penalty by one game, but that can hardly be any solace for the Steelers organization. Originally a four-game suspension, the NFL reduced it to three on appeal.
Last year, after he was arrested for marijuana possession and charged for DUI in August 2014, the league reduced his suspension from three games to two. Bell will be eligible to practice and play with the team through the exhibition season. He will be eligible to rejoin the team in Week 4.
General manager Kevin Colbert said: “We will continue to support Le’Veon, but we acknowledge this mistake has put the team in an unfortunate position.”
As Bell enters the final year of the four-year contract he signed as their second-round draft pick in 2013, he was eligible for a new deal.
The NFL says the former wife of suspended Giants placekicker Josh Brown turned down multiple requests to speak to the league about her allegations of being the victim of repeated domestic violence.
The league said that it conducted a 10-month investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Brown in May 2015 in Woodinville, Wash., on a fourth-degree domestic violence charge.
... Falcons coach Dan Quinn says punter Matt Bosher avoided a serious injury to his chest when he was knocked out of Thursday night’s win over the Browns, but Quinn doesn’t know if Bosher will be available for next week’s game at Miami.
... Former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle pleaded not guilty to a criminal threat charge stemming from accusations he threatened to kill a Sedgwick County jail deputy. He entered the same plea to other charges in a Kansas court.
Friday's exhibition games
(At) Washington 22, N.Y. Jets 18: Top running back Matt Jones left with a sprained shoulder and receiver Rashad Ross made his best case for a roster spot and Washington came back to beat the Jets. While Washington rested several key starters, including quarterback Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback Josh Norman, Jones suffered an AC sprain in his left shoulder when he was pushed out of bounds and landed awkwardly in the first quarter. Jones looked good at the time he left, running for 31 yards on seven carries after rushing for only a yard last week in the opener at Atlanta.
(At) Dallas 41, Miami 14: Tony Romo led a touchdown drive in his preseason debut once the Dallas offense stopped committing holding penalties, rookie backup quarterback Dak Prescott had a strong encore and Ryan Tannehill finally got the Dolphins moving. Alfred Morris (13 carries for 85 yards) finished the second of Romo’s two possessions with a 15-yard scoring run before Prescott ran for two touchdowns and threw for two scores, including another one to Dez Bryant, in the Cowboys’ exhibition victory. Tannehill had two scoring tosses to Kenny Stills. Dallas (1-1) had three holding penalties in the first five plays of an opening drive that stalled. Then Romo (4-of-5, 49 yards) completed all three passes, including a pair to trusty tight end Jason Witten.
(At) San Diego 19, Arizona 3: With Carson Palmer limited to three series and Philip Rivers not playing, the first half was mostly a competition between veteran backup quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Drew Stanton (Michigan State). On their way to a 16-0 halftime lead, the Chargers (1-1) took advantage of two turnovers for 10 first-quarter points. Brandon Flowers intercepted Palmer’s pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. Kicker Josh Lambo made four field goals to pace the Chargers. Chandler Catanzaro made a 52-yard field goal for Arizona (0-2).