When the Pittsburgh Steelers arrived at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe for the start of training camp, head coach Mike Tomlin updated the off-the-field status of running back Le’Veon Bell, who is currently facing a four-game suspension for reportedly violating the league’s substance abuse policy. While Bell was informed about his suspension sometime in March, Tomlin said the running back’s appeal would happen in August and that he didn’t know exactly when. Monday, a date of sorts surfaced.
According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the Steelers should know the outcome of Bell’s appeal by their second preseason game August 18. In reality, Marvez didn’t give a specific date that Bell’s appeal will actually be heard, so in essence this isn’t really new news based on what Tomlin said last Thursday.
“He had a date scheduled for early August, but I think now the tentative date is a few weeks into August, but I don’t have that specific date as I sit here,” Tomlin said of Bell’s appeal status.
While the Steelers and Bell wait for the outcome of the appeal, the running back is taking part in training camp practices, albeit in a somewhat limited capacity being as he’s coming off of a serious knee injury.
While Bell seemed confident he’d win his appeal just prior to reporting to Latrobe for training camp, outside speculation from both the local and national media as to whether or not he will appears to be split.