Bell has apologized for getting himself in trouble, stating that pot is not important to him and issuing self-blame.
"It's my own fault," he said Tuesday. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person. It's going to make me a better player."
Bell is hoping that his reputation can eventually match his production, which has been significant. He rushed for 1,361 yards a year ago and caught a whopping 85 passes.
"Everybody has their own opinions about me, but that's fine," he said. "I can't make everybody like me and I can't make everybody hate me. I just have to continue to move forward and continue to be me. I know I'm a great person and a great football player, so I have to continue to be on and off the field."
It's been nearly five months since Bell sustained a hyperextended knee in the regular-season finale against the Bengals in late December. Bell finished second in the NFL last season with 1,361 rushing yards.
Two days after LeGarrette Blount received a one-game suspension, his former teammate,
Bell, 23, was arrested on Aug. 20, 2014 after being pulled over by police while driving. After the arresting officer alleged a smell of marijuana coming from the car, Bell was charged with DUI and possession of the drug. Police found 20 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Blount, his teammate at the time, was in the car and arrested as well.
Bell was second only to DeMarco Murray in rushing yards last season with 1,361 and eight touchdowns on the ground during the regular season. He also had 83 catches for 854 yards and three touchdowns.
The Steelers signed DeAngelo Williams in the offseason, who could be in line to start the first three games of the season in Bell's absence.
The website's report backs up a comment from Bell's attorney, who told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that entering the program can be considered an admission of guilt and thus result in a one- or two-game suspension.
Bell ranked second in the NFL last season with 1,361 rushing yards, and he added 83 catches for 854 yards, scoring 11 total touchdowns. He'll turn 23 next week.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told ESPN.com the team will be prepared if Bell gets suspended.
Bell was arrested on Aug. 20, 2014 after being pulled over by police while driving. After the arresting officer alleged a smell of marijuana coming from the car, Bell was charged with driving under the influence and possession of the drug. Police found 20 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.
In the car with Bell was former teammate and current Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who was arrested too. Blount completed 50 hours of community service in Boston and had his marijuana charge dropped.
The program Bell is entering into is called the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, which is for first-time non-violent offenders. It's a 15-month program that will require Bell to refrain from using drugs and alcohol.
Bell's attorney, Robert Del Greco, believes the NFL could suspend the Steelers running back since entering this program would be considered an admission of guilt.
"I cannot predict the outcome, but the guidelines would suggest maybe a one- or two-game suspension," Del Greco told the Post-Gazette.
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