Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell’s suspension appeal hearing has been scheduled for August, coach Mike Tomlin confirmed on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Bell was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy after missing multiple drug tests. Bell said on Thursday that he was first notified of the suspension in March.
“I have to handle it for what it is and keep moving forward,” Bell said. “I don’t want to be a distraction to my teammates and Steelers Nation, so I am going to move forward and let everything else handle itself.”
Bell wrote on social media this week that he did not expect to miss any games and was confident that he would win his appeal.
He was previously suspended three games for violating the substance-abuse policy last season after he was arrested for DUI and marijuana possession. The suspension was knocked down to two games on appeal.
Bell underwent knee surgery in November, and his leg was heavily wrapped during his Thursday press conference. However, he does not expect the injury or the suspension to keep him from being ready for the beginning of the season.
The Steelers begin their regular season against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 12.