The Pittsburgh Steelers expect running back Le'Veon Bell to be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season following an August 2014 arrest for marijuana possession and driving under the influence, ESPN's John Clayton reports.
Bell and former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount were arrested while driving to an airport to leave for a preseason game. Both players admitted to buying and smoking some of the marijuana, and Bell said that he “didn’t know that you could get a DUI for being high" when told he would be charged.
Last week, Bell received 15 months of probation. The 22-year-old will enter the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for nonviolent, first-time offenders and have his license suspended for 60 days. Bell asked the court to have his arrest record expunged upon completion of his probation.
Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns last season while earning his first Pro Bowl berth and receiving first-team AP All-Pro honors. He also had 83 receptions for 854 yards and three scores.
Blount was released by Pittsburgh in November and signed with the New England Patriots, helping them to a Super Bowl title. Blount had his marijuana possession charge dismissed after completing community service.
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