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Steelers RB Bell has suspension reduced

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Steelers RB Bell has suspension reduced

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held firm on Tom Brady's suspension, but he has reduced the drug-related suspension of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.

Bell's suspension has been trimmed from three games to two after the league and players union reached a settlement. The reduced suspension was first reported by USA Today and later confirmed by the league. 

Bell, who ranked second in the NFL last year with 1,361 rushing yards, had been facing a three-game suspension stemming from his arrest last August on DUI and marijuana charges. Bell and then-teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested while driving to the airport for a preseason game.

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Bell not only led the AFC in rushing last year, trailing only the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray, but he also made 83 catches for 854 yards and scored a total of 11 touchdowns. Bell's total of 2,215 yards from scrimmage set a Steelers franchise record. Bell missed the Steelers' loss to the Ravens in the playoffs with a knee injury.

With Bell's suspension reduced, he will miss the Steelers' season-opener at New England and Week 2 game against the 49ers. He can return to face the Rams in Week 3. The Ravens will visit the Steelers to kick off Week 4 on Thursday, Oct. 1.

 

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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