Steelers running back LeVeon Bell is indeed facing a four-game suspension for missing a drug test. But Bell continues to insist that he hasn’t missed a drug test — and that he won’t be missing any games.
In a comment to an altered photo on Instagram of Bell wearing a gas mask with a bong, Bell said from his verified account that “I’m not gonna miss games, trust me.”
Many will scoff at the proclamation, given the lingering perception that Commissioner Roger Goodell retains final say over all player disciplinary issues. In 2014, however, the league agreed to use a panel of neutral arbitrators for all punishments arising under the substance-abuse and PED policies. So Bell will have a chance to have a truly independent party assess whether the league’s conclusions are warranted.
Of course the story from this past weekend is Bell missed several drug tests. He's dropped to ninth in our RB rankings for now and obviously this is a situation to monitor because Bell, you can argue, is the top fantasy back this year. DeAngelo Williams would again see the bulk of the work without Bell in the lineup.