NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is facing a three-game suspension and a fine of an additional game check for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, per a source informed of the process. ESPN first reported the news.
Bell has been officially notified of his punishment and will appeal his suspension, per Rapoport.
The two backs were charged with marijuana possession prior to the 2014 season. Bell was also arrested on DUI charges.
Bell was sentenced in February to 15 months probation in a first-offender's program stemming from the incident.
When Bell does return in Week 4, his wallet might be lighter and stats down a bit overall this season. However, we expect him to retake the reins as the full-time workhorse in the Steelers' backfield and not miss a beat in his third season.