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Steelers star RB Le'Veon Bell has been suspended for three games stemming from his arrest last August. Bell was pulled over while driving with then teammate LeGarrette Blount. Bell was charged with possession of marijuana and DUI. He will also be fined an additional game check. The NFL's reigning Fantasy Player of the Year will appeal.
The Browns have agreed to terms with free agent TE Rob Housler. The deal is reportedly for one year. Housler is touted for his athleticism and ability as a pass catcher. However, he has been accused of being a subpar blocker. Housler actually has a very similar skill set to former Browns TE Jordan Cameron.
After a 12 incredible seasons, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is calling it a career. He informed team chairman Dan Rooney of his decision to retire Wednesday night. He is a four-time first-team All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion. He was also named the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
When asked about his decision, Polamalu responded, "It's all about family. I live here in Pittsburgh now, and since the end of the season, I've had a chance to enjoy my family on a level I never had before. It was awesome."
As expected, Johnny Manziel has been discharged from his drug and alcohol treatment facility. Manziel checked himself in nearly two months ago after admitting he had a serious problem. Reports have since surfaced that the Browns have mostly moved on from the embattled QB. The team has signed Josh McCown and have actively pursued acquiring other potential starting quarterbacks. There are rumors of the Browns' desire to add either Sam Bradford or Marcus Mariota.
Ravens second-year defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan is expected to fill the enormous hole left by Haloti Ngata's departure. Jernigan was the Ravens' second-round pick in 2014, however, he was projected as a first-round talent by many. He played 26 snaps per game as a rookie. He also filled in as the starter when Ngata was suspended for four games due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Much like Ngata, Jernigan is a true defensive tackle moving outside in a 3-4 system, and both his coaches and teammates speak highly of him. Starting nose tackle Brandon Williams was asked about Jernigan replacing the former Ravens great.
"Timmy, that dude's a beast," Williams said. "He never stops. He's a pit bull. He's so quick off the line. He's got great hands. He's a real physical guy."
Longtime Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has decided to hang up his cleats after 12 years in Pittsburgh. Today's retirement announcement comes just days after starting safety Troy Polamalu decided to call it a career as well. As such, the Steelers' secondary will be nearly unnoticeable in 2015.