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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell facing 4-game ban for missed drug test

July 22,2016 20:12

If it isn't overturned, Bell would miss the first four games of the season. Bell was suspended for the first three games of 2015, which was later reduced to two games, for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy after he was arrested on charges ...

12:58 PM ETprintcommentPittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano.Of course Le'Veon Bell's absence is a blow, but it's not a crushing blow for the Steelers, who put up big numbers without him most of last season.The suspension is the result of a missed drug test, not a failed one, sources said. The appeals process is ongoing, which is why the suspension hasn't been announced.No date for Bell's appeal has been set, though it's expected that it will be heard before the regular season. If it isn't overturned, Bell would miss the first four games of the season.Bell was suspended for the first three games of 2015, which was later reduced to two games, for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy after he was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and DUI in the summer of 2014.Le'Veon Bell has averaged an NFL-best 119 yards per game from scrimmage since entering the league in 2013. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Despite Bell's potential absence, the Steelers remain second favorites to win Super Bowl, along with the Green Bay Packers, behind only the New England Patriots (13/2) at Westgate SuperBook. The Bell news did not cause any changes to Steelers' Super Bowl odds, per Jeff Sherman of the SuperBook.Information from ESPN's David Purdum was used in this report.

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