Former Michigan State and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell could be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for missing a drug test, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
It’s important to note that Bell did not fail a drug test and Graziano reports he is appealing the suspension. It’s uncertain when Bell’s appeal will be heard, but Graziano reports the hearing should take place before the regular season.
Bell’s 2015 season was ended by a knee injury sustained in November. He had rushed for 556 yards and three touchdowns before then.
Bell is deemed as one of the top three-down running backs in the league and his potential absence would be a major loss for Pittsburgh’s high-powered offense. Bell was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season after being arrested for marijuana possession and DUI in the summer of 2014.