CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers preseason notes

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Pittsburgh is 0-2 in the preseason so far, but Steelers fans shouldn’t worry, as exhibition games don’t necessarily mean anything. Here’s the latest news and notes surrounding the team.

Le’Veon Bell has suspension reduced to three games

Star running back Le’Veon Bell was facing a four-game suspension at the start of this season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. On Friday, it was reported that Bell’s suspension had been reduced to three games as a result of a settlement between the NFL and NFL Players Association. Bell, who was suspended two games in 2015 for the same thing, will miss games against Washington, Cincinnati and Philadelphia before returning against Kansas City.

James Harrison agrees to NFL PED interview

Veteran linebacker James Harrison agreed to be interviewed by the NFL regarding allegations in a report by Al Jazeera America that he and other NFL players obtained performance-enhancing drugs. The league threatened to suspend him indefinitely if he did not meet with them prior to Aug. 25. Harrison’s conflict with the league has become a distraction so far, and it’s unclear how things will play out.

Dustin Vaughan injured, Steelers sign Bryn Renner

Third-string quarterback Dustin Vaughan fractured his thumb Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He becomes the second quarterback to go down with an injury for the Steelers after Bruce Gradkowski went out with a hamstring tear in the first preseason game. Pittsburgh signed journeyman Bryn Renner to compensate for the injuries. Right now, Landry Jones is the backup quarterback if Ben Roethlisberger gets hurt.

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