Like many professional sport team organizations, the Steelers require occasional drug tests. The players are aware that these tests are required. Players can be suspended for missing or failing these drug tests.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are already suffering the loss of wide receiver Martavis Bryant for the entire 2016 season due to violation of the organization’s drug policy.
Now, they may be without Leveon Bell for the first four games of the season. This could be a critical blow for the team.
Leveon Bell is facing a four game suspension for missing several mandatory league drug tests. However, it is important to note that the appeals process is still ongoing. Though no date for the appeal has been set, it is thought that it will occur before the regular season.
This suspension comes after Bell missed the first two games of last season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. This came after he was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI in the summer of 2014.
Last month, Bell denied the allegations that he had missed a drug test and was facing suspension.
Losing Bell would be a major setback for the Steelers organization. He is considered one of the league’s best running backs and is a critical component of the team’s defense. The Steelers face the NFL’s fifth-toughest schedule over the first four games of the season. Their first game is with Washington.
Bell has been in the NFL for three seasons. In that time, only five players have more yards from scrimmage.
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