An Allegheny County judge accepted Bell
into a first offenders program on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 stemming from an arrest on charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence with former teammate LeGarrette Blount on Aug. 20, 2014.
The program requires Bell
to spend 15 months on probation and have his
driver's license suspended for 60 days, but under terms of the program, he
can petition the court to have his
arrest record expunged if he
completes the probation without incident. (AP Photo/Don Wright, FILE)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are bracing for losing running back Le'Veon Bell for the first two games of the 2015 season.
was arrested last August on marijuana and DUI charges, along with former teammate (and current New England Patriot) LeGarrette Blount.
Even if the charges are dismissed, as they could be if Bell
is admitted into a court program as a first-time offender, the league could issue discipline in the case.
was given 15 months probation in the case.
With the NFL's new substance-abuse policy, Bell
could face a two-game suspension that would begin at the start of the 2015 NFL season.
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said Tuesday that the Steelers will be prepared for Bell to be unavailable to start the season.
Bell ran for 1,361 yards (second most in the NFL) and eight touchdowns, and he also was the Steelers' second-leading receiver with 83 catches for 854 yards.
So that could be two huge games that Bell