Report: Steelers Le’Veon Bell facing 4-game suspension for missed drug tests

FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during NFL football practice in Pittsburgh. When healthy, Bell is one of the most dynamic backs in the league. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

PITTSBURGH, PA (WCMH) – Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy, sources tell ESPN and

The sources told ESPN the suspension is for missing several drug tests.

NFL’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the reports.

Bell is in the process of appealing the suspension. The running back was also suspended for two games at the beginning of the 2015 after a DUI arrest. He also spent a significant part of the season out with a knee injury.

The Steelers went 7-3 in the 10 games Bell missed.

When healthy, Bell is one of the most dynamic backs in the league. Yet he’s seen each of his past two seasons end with knee injuries suffered against the Bengals. The team has yet to approach him about a new contract as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. Bell insists the uncertainty about his future won’t be a distraction. He just wants to play.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s