Report: Steelers' Bell, Blount to play vs. Eagles; discipline could be ways off
Neither player should face much in the way of punishment from the league, and that punishment might not be handed down until 2015.
Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were stopped Wednesday afternoon after police smelled marijuana coming from their car. The two, along with an unidentified woman, admitted that the weed was theirs, and the Steelers' top two running backs could face marijuana possession charges. The incident took place an hour before the team charter headed to Philly for a Thursday night game.
In terms of poor judgment, this ranks right up there with Najeh Davenport's alleged hamper escapades.
But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette thinks that neither player should face much in the way of punishment from the league.
"The two probably face no more than a one-game suspension and that won’t come anytime soon," Bouchette writes. "Bell could be in for a tad more if tests at the hospital yesterday showed he indeed was driving under the drug’s influence."
Blount traveled with the team to Philadelphia while Bell had to make his way to the City of Brotherly Love on his own dime.
According to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Bell and Blount will play against the Eagles. But as Bouchette points out, the issue isn't that the running backs were smoking marijuana but that they were doing it right before the team charter was scheduled to leave.
Back in February, former Steelers safety Ryan Clark said, "I know guys on my team who smoke. A lot of it is stress relief. A lot of it is pain and medication. Guys feel like, 'If I can do this, it keeps me away from maybe Vicodin, it keeps me away from pain prescription drugs and things that guys get addicted to.' Guys look at this as a more natural way to heal themselves, to stress relieve and also to medicate themselves for pain. Guys are still going to do it."
Clark's right: Guys are going to do it but, again, the issue is when Bluntman and Chronic decided to light up. The good news for Steelers fans is that it could 2015 before either player faces discipline from the league.
Considering that Dwayne Bowe just got suspended for a Nov 2013 arrest, I don't see Bell or Blount missing any time this season.— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) August 21, 2014
More on the arrest: Photos from the scene
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