On Thursday, it was reported that Bell will be suspended for three games following an arrest in August 2014 for marijuana possession and driving under the influence. Bell was going to the airport with former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount before a preseason game. Blount has been suspended for the first game of next season because of the incident.
Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football team in 2012 after repeated failed drug tests. Mathieu entered rehab, was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft and has played two professional seasons without incident.
Mathieu tweeted to Bell, offering to counsel the third-year running back.
Following the arrest in August, Bell was placed on 15 months probation as part of a first-offender program. He is expected to appeal the suspension.
The 2013 second-round pick rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns en route to his first Pro Bowl selection last season.
- Alex Putterman