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Bell was facing a three-game suspension due to a substance abuse violation. Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
Bell, who rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns and added another 854 yards in receptions, said he will work like he is going to play, even though he has no idea when his appeal will be ruled on.
"However coach splits my reps up or handles it in practice, I want to make sure that I give them my all every time I am out there," Bell said.
But that's not enough.
This season, Bell wants to concentrate on being more explosive and breaking off more long runs.
“It’s making the defense play all of their gaps, play honest. If they don’t, if they get a little greedy, you have to make them pay. That’s when the big runs come," Bell said. "You see a defender try to make a tackle and he is out of his gap. I have to make a defense pay every time for that. When they make that mistake, and everybody is human, when one of them make a mistake I have to make them pay.”\
Bell will miss the first three games of the season due to a substance abuse suspension.
Bell has apologized for getting himself in trouble, stating that pot is not important to him and issuing self-blame.
"It's my own fault," he said Tuesday. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person. It's going to make me a better player."
Bell is hoping that his reputation can eventually match his production, which has been significant. He rushed for 1,361 yards a year ago and caught a whopping 85 passes.
"Everybody has their own opinions about me, but that's fine," he said. "I can't make everybody like me and I can't make everybody hate me. I just have to continue to move forward and continue to be me. I know I'm a great person and a great football player, so I have to continue to be on and off the field."
It's been nearly five months since Bell sustained a hyperextended knee in the regular-season finale against the Bengals in late December. Bell finished second in the NFL last season with 1,361 rushing yards.
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