Here we go again.
According to a Friday morning report by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s drug policy. This report states that Bell missed a test and apparently it hasn’t yet been announced yet as the appeal process is still going on.
This report is similar to a rumor that circulated several weeks ago that Bell ultimately denied. Should this report by Graziano ultimately be true, Bell will start a second straight season on the suspended list.
Additionally, should Bell indeed wind up being suspended, the running back can probably forget about receiving a new contract prior to the start of the regular season. Instead, he would become a candidate for the franchise tag next offseason.
Bell was recently still putting the finishing touches on his knee rehab down in Miami and it will be interesting to see if the running back is placed on the team’s Active PUP list when he arrives in Latrobe for the start of training camp.
If Bell is indeed out at the start of the season, DeAngelo Williams would start in his place.
Sources close to the situation tell me Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violation… https://t.co/6CWpS45NSm
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) July 22, 2016
For the past several weeks, the #Steelers had known Le'Veon Bell likely wouldn't be on the field when the season began. He missed drug tests
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2016