EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams got some bad news before the season even started when Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension for violating the league's policy on substance abuse was reduced to two games.
The Rams had the misfortune of being the third game on Pittsburgh's schedule and looked to to be lucky enough to miss out on playing against one of the best backs in the league before the reduction.
Now, one week after allowing Washington backs Alfred Morris and Matt Jones to combine for 182 rushing yards, the Rams get to deal with a fresh and motivated Bell. And Bell is complemented by a rejuvenated DeAngelo Williams.
ESPN senior NFL writer Jeremy Fowler offered a quick glimpse Tuesday on what the Rams can expect from Bell and Williams on Sunday.
We'll have more on the Rams' issues against the run and how dangerous the Bell/Williams combo is this week but it's notable that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has already made it clear that Bell won't be eased back into action.
A roundup of Tuesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we opened the day with a look at the struggles teams around the league are having running the ball early in the season. ... This week's Turning Point Play examines Washington running back Matt Jones' first touchdown run. ... The Rams dropped to 19th in this week's ESPN NFL Power Rankings. ... The Rams offense is struggling to sustain drives and keep the defense rested in the first two weeks. ... Rams punter Johnny Hekker took home punter of the week honors.
Here's this week's ESPN NFL Power Rankings.
At 101sports.com, Bernie Miklasz writes that the Rams offensive line simply isn't getting the job done so far.
Miklasz and Randy Karraker discuss a variety of topics in their weekly podcast.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas participated in his weekly chat.
Jeff Gordon writes that the Rams missed a golden opportunity in Washington.
At insidesocal.com, Vincent Bonsignore writes that the six-member Los Angeles committee will have a lot of say in how the NFL's return the L.A. plays out.