The Internet is on fire due to the league upholding Tom Brady's appeal in the DeflateGate matter, but lost in the fray was some news pertinent to our very own San Francisco 49ers. While Brady's appeal was upheld, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell had his suspension reduced from three games to two, according to Jarrett Bell of USA Today.
This means, of course, that the 49ers won't have to face Bell when they travel to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. As a bonus, it does mean the NFC West rival St. Louis Rams WILL have to face Bell, as they will face off in Week 3.
Bell was suspended after an arrest on charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence. Officially, he and the NFL have come to terms on a settlement, which given the settlement talk regarding Brady and the NFL, and Brady's adamant refusal to admit guilt, Bell's reduction probably has something to do with ultimately taking responsibility for his actions.
This is definitely good news for the 49ers. I'll be the first guy to say that you should have faith in your team to beat their opponents at their best, but I'll also be the first guy to say ... why make it harder on yourself? Bell was excellent in 2014, putting up 1,361 yards on the ground with a 4.7 yards per carry average. He also rushed for eight touchdowns, caught three more and had another 854 yards receiving.
Provided he makes it through the first game, the Steelers will roll with DeAngelo Williams as their starting running back in Week 2.