Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was arrested shortly before last season due to possession of marijuana and driving under the influence.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach says team has “got the goods” to be NFL’s best offense
Pittsburgh Steelers re-sign draft bust WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to one-year deal
Pittsburgh Steelers bring back beloved LB James Harrison on two-year deal
The league held off on punishing him, and he put together a spectacular 2014 season with 1,361 rushing yards and 854 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns.
His past incident will come back to haunt him a year later though as it did for New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who was on the Steelers at the time.
Blount was suspended for the season opener for also possessing marijuana, and Bell is now facing a three-game suspension.
The Steelers’ running game suffered without Bell last season as they were ousted from the first round of the playoffs when he sat out with a knee injury.
Running back DeAngelo Williams was signed to a two-year contract by the Steelers, and he will provide the insurance that the Steelers’ running game desperately needs, especially with Bell’s looming suspension. Bell will appeal his suspension though.
UPDATE: Bell has officially been suspended for three games and is already appealing.