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Bell had eight yards on two carries in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.
Bell and LeGarrette Blount both made brief appearances, while most of Pittsburgh's key players got the night off. The two running backs were presumably being punished for their recent marijuana-related arrests, and while coach Mike Tomlin seems none too happy, any league-mandated punishment likely wouldn't occur until next season. There's some chance the team could take matters into its own hands, but it's hard to imagine that such a punishment would involve a suspension. The biggest concern surrounding Bell's value is the presence of Blount, who figures to handle some of the early-down and goal-line work.
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Bell and teammate LeGarrette Blount are both slated to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
While coach Mike Tomlin has indicated that the Steelers are considering their options in terms of punishment following the duo's arrest on marijuana possession charges last week, ESPN.com suggests that it's unlikely that the team will sit either running back for an entire game, adding that a potential suspension from the NFL won't likely come until next season. That's a notion echoed by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who more specifically, doubts that either Bell or Blount are candidates to be suspended or made inactive for the first game of the season.
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Bell will play in Thursday's preseason finale versus the Panthers, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Bell was arrested on marijuana possession and DUI charges last Wednesday, but still played into the fourth quarter of Thursday's preseason game versus the Eagles. Despite this week marking the Steelers' final exhibition outing, the team will still feature their starting running back Bell, although it remains to be seen for how long. Additionally, coach Mike Tomlin assured that Bell would be punished for his run-in with the law, so a development on that front is also something to monitor heading into the regular season.
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Bell could still face a team suspension after getting arrested on marijuana possession and DUI charges last week, according to ESPN.com. "There are parts of this that are going to have to go through the legal process and the league review process," said Steelers president Art Rooney II. "We'll just have to deal with it as that process unfolds."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin added that both Bell and LeGarrette Blount, who was also charged with marijuana possession, will be punished, meaning Pittsburg could be without one or both running backs when they open the regular season against Cleveland. No other runningback on the Steelers' roster has any NFL carries. Both Bell and Blount also face discipline from the league, although nothing is expected to happen until next season. Blount has been projected to take a few of Bell's touches, especially in short yardage and goal line situations, while Bell is being drafted just outside the top 10 in most formats. Fantasy owners planning on starting either should check back to see what, if any, punishments are handed out.
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Bell rushed for 23 yards on nine carries, and had one reception for three yards in the Steelers' preseason game against Philadelphia Thursday.
Bell, who was arrested for marijuana possession and suspicion of DUI on Wednesday, played into the fourth quarter of Thursday's game. So did teammate and backfield mate LeGarrette Blount, who was arrested along with Bell on Wednesday. With no league punishment expected anytime soon, the bigger issue for prospective fantasy owners is figuring out how the goal-line work will be divided. The Steelers didn't get in range to provide any hints Thursday, but it seems likely that Blount will at least handle some, if not most, of the goal-line carries. Bell still figures to get more touches, and he will be much more active as a receiver, but the Steelers have made it fairly clear that Blount will also be a big part of the offense.
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Bell and LeGarrette Blount are slated play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
While ESPN.com relays that the duo are in line to be charged with marijuana possession stemming from a traffic stop Wednesday, their short-term playing status will evidently not be impacted by the incident. Moreover, the Post-Gazette suggests that beyond Thursday's contest, Bell and Blount likely won't face a suspension that would impact them in 2014. The report notes that under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the league can impose up to a four-game penalty for players who are charged with illegal use or possession of drugs of abuse other than alcohol, but suggests that in similar cases the league has typically suspended players for one game and that those decisions did not come until the following season.
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Bell, who didn't fly to Philadelphia with his teammates, where the Steelers play Thursday, reportedly later made his own way there to rejoin the team, ESPN.com reports.
According to NFL.com, Bell and LeGarrette Blount face possible misdemeanor marijuana possession charges, while Bell could also be charged with driving under the influence. The report adds, that if formally charged, both players could be subject to the league's substance abuse policy. In the short-term, it remains to be seen whether either player will suit up for Thursday's game. Steelers officials and coach Mike Tomlin are expected speak with the running backs Thursday to determine their status for the contest. "We are aware of the reports and still gathering information," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. "We will have no further comment at this time." Beyond that, it's unclear if Wednesday's incident will end up affecting the playing status of either Bell or Blount this season at all. With that in mind, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests that the duo probably face no more than a one-game suspension, with a resolution on that front unlikely to come anytime soon.
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Bell did not travel with the team for Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
The Steelers have not commented on Bell's status, but it appears that he will not play in the team's third exhibition game after being arrested on marijuana-related charges Wednesday. It remains to be seen what type of impact Wednesday's incident will have on Bell's status beyond Thursday's game.
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Bell and teammate LeGarrette Blount were both charged by Ross Township Police with marijuana possession Wednesday, with Bell also charged with a DUI, Colin Dunlap of 93.7 The FAN reports.
According to the report, Bell and Blount were caught with 20 grams of marijuana and a woman in the vehicle was also charged with possession. With Bell behind the wheel, he was also slapped with a DUI charge, but it's uncertain as to what sort of disciplinary action the league may take with either player. Bell has a clean record but Blount may be on shaky ground, perhaps opening the door for Dri Archer to see reps with the first-team.
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Bell ran four times for 11 yards in Saturday's preseason contest against the Bills.
Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount carried three times for zero yards and Dri Archer twice for one yard. While coach Mike Tomlin has indicated that both Bell and Blount are "going to get their share" of work this coming season, we suspect that when the dust settles, Bell -- the more capable pass-catcher of the two -- will continue to head the Steelers' rushing attack, while the bruising Blount offers a complementary option, who can also factor in around the goal line, and Archer adds a speed element to the change-of-pace mix.