The Pittsburgh Steelers missed out on having their starting running back Le'Veon Bell for all but six games in the 2015 NFL season due to a mix of his two game suspension and his season ending injury in the middle of the season.
After his two game suspension, Bell knew that he would be watched and scheduled for drug tests after he was pulled over with LaGarrette Blount for possessing marijuana while operating a vehicle.
Today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Bell could face his second NFL suspension for missing a drug test:
Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s drug policy, per @DanGrazianoESPN. It's over missed test.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2016
This would confirm a rumor that was brought up over a month ago that the fourth year running back from Michigan State did indeed miss a drug test, but was later refuted by Bell.
"I don't know what you are talking about," Bell said, according to Mark Kaboly of Triblive.com. "I am fine," he said. "I can't keep talking about the drug test. I probably already said too much about it, so I really can't keep talking about it. People are going to say what they want to say on the Internet. It is people who really have nothing to do. I don't get upset or let it bother me."
Despite his denial, this new report coming from ESPN puts Bell into a situation where he is in middle of his rookie contract trying to prove to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL that he is a franchise caliber running back that deserves a major contract in a couple years. If this is true and he is suspended, he will have yet to play in a complete season for all four years of his NFL career thus far.