The NFL has suspended Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell for the first three games of the 2015 season without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, reports ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.
According to the report, the running back also will be fined an additional game check. Bell, who is appealing the suspension, is set to make $779,600 in base salary next season.
Bell was arrested Aug. 20 for marijuana possession and driving under the influence while headed to an airport with former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount before a preseason game.
Blount, who now plays for the New England Patriots, will be suspended for the season opener for his violation of the substance abuse policy.
Blount was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, but that charge was dropped after he completed 50 hours of community service.
Bell, 23, received 15 months of probation and entered the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for nonviolent, first-time offenders. He also had his license suspended for 60 days.
Bell ran 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 for the Steelers, who lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round of the playoffs last season.
- Scooby Axson