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Report: Le’Veon Bell facing four-game suspension

The Pittsburgh Steelers could play the first month of the 2016 season without running back Le’Veon Bell, who is reportedly facing a suspension from the NFL.

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, Bell “missed” an offseason drug test, which would count the same as a failed test. The penalty facing Bell is a four-game suspension.

Bell is appealing the suspension. Per Graziano, the appeal process is expected to be completed before the start of the 2016 regular season. According to SBAT, if he were to sit out the four games, it would have a major impact on the Steelers season and you would see their rankings drop in many betting guides.

This wouldn’t be the first time the Steelers didn’t have their star running back because of trouble.

Bell, 24, was suspended three games last season after being arrested for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana in August of 2014. The suspension was later reduced to two games on appeal.

Bell played in only six games after returning from his ban last season. He tore his MCL and PCL on Nov. 1, ending his 2015 season.

Back in June, Bell addressed a rumor he skipped a drug test, stating he was “fine.”

The Steelers play the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs during the first four weeks. If suspended for four games, Bell could return in Week 5, when Pittsburgh hosts the New York Jets.

A second-round pick of the Steelers in 2013, Bell has rushed for 2,777 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 152 passes with three receiving touchdowns over 35 career games. He is scheduled to make $966,900 in 2016, the final year of his rookie contract.

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