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Le’Veon Bell suspended three games by NFL for repeatedly missing drug tests

Le'Veon Bell practices with the Steelers on May 24.
(Keith Srakocic / Associated Press)

For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has a suspension from the NFL reduced before the regular season starts.

Bell was suspended three games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, the league announced. The suspension was reduced from four games upon appeal.

Bell reportedly missed multiple drug tests, which is a violation of the league’s policy. Bell offered an apology in an Instagram post shortly after the suspension was announced, a post he later deleted.

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“I’m not the perfect person,” Bell said in the post. “I’m not going to say I act like a perfect person. I make mistakes. I want to apologize for everything I put you guys through the last couple years. It’s been a frustrating run for you. It’s been a frustrating run for me.”

“We are disappointed Le’Veon Bell has been suspended three games to start the 2016 season,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “We will continue to support Le’Veon, but we acknowledge this mistake has put the team in an unfortunate position.”

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