LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount played in last week's contest because coach Mike Tomlin believed it would be more reward than punishment to miss a preseason game.
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach reiterated that the duo would be punished by the team over the marijuana charges.
"Everything's on the table," Tomlin said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Ross Township, Pennsylvania Police Department confirmed to NFL Media last week that the running backs were pulled over last Wednesday around 1:30 p.m. ET, just hours before the team was to fly to Philadelphia.
Possession of marijuana charges were filed Thursday, the same day Bell and Blount returned to the field for preseason action against the Eagles. Bell faces an additional charge of DUI (marijuana).
While the NFL will likely wait until the legal process runs its course to hand down any suspension, Tomlin indicated the team might not wait to take action. However, he didn't reveal what type of action (suspension or otherwise) he's leaning toward.
"We don't do it in a reactionary fashion," Tomlin said. "We don't wait for something to happen. That's part of our culture here. You are going to have people who step outside the bounds of that and they're going to be dealt with swiftly and appropriately, more times than not in-house. But the bottom line is we don't approach that in a reactionary fashion. Our business is too late then."
If the duo is suspended, it likely won't come in the same week. However, owners of both players should probably expect at least a game suspension from the team. With the recent news the two could split carries, it's become a cloudy picture in terms of how Pittsburgh will use the two backs but we still see Bell having more value. Since he was behind the wheel, it's possible Bell's punishment is a little heavier. Stay tuned...