Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held his first training camp practice on Thursday and as you can probably imagine, he was asked about running back Le’Veon Bell, who is currently appealing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Tomlin, however, as expected, didn’t offer up anything of value when it came to speaking on the matter.
“I don’t have anything of any significance to add to his circumstance or situation,” said Tomlin. “He’s in the appeal process, so me adding anything to it isn’t going to help the matter in any way whatsoever. I’ll simply let that process play itself out and then make any necessary comments regarding his circumstances and how it might affect us after we get some resolution from that standpoint. Anything that I say prior to that is simply speculation and I’m not into the speculation business.”
Tomlin did say that Bell’s appeal is scheduled to take place sometime during the first few weeks of August but that he isn’t sure of the specific date. In the meantime, the Steelers head coach did confirm that Bell will able to participate in the team’s training camp practices.
While Bell was not placed on the team’s Active?PUP list ahead of the start of training camp, Tomlin admitted that the running back will be managed during practices while the team is at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.
Bell is scheduled to talk to the media later on today.