The AFC North now has two unreliable stars.
According to ESPN.com, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell may be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season after missing a drug test.
ESPN’s sources say the appeals process is ongoing. It’s important to note Bell’s suspension is a result of missing the test, not failing it.
Just like troubled Browns wideout Josh Gordon, this is not Bell’s first misstep. Bell missed the first two games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The fourth-year back was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI in the summer of 2014.
Bell has proved to be unreliable during his stay in Pittsburgh, missing 13 games in three seasons due to injury or suspension.
When Bell plays, he’s hard to stop. The Columbus, Ohio native rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games in 2014. The Michigan State product has 2,777 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in Pittsburgh.
Unfortunately for the Browns, the Steelers don’t appear on the schedule until November 20, meaning Bell’s suspension likely won’t affect the Browns one way or another.
But judging on Bell’s history, it’s no guarantee he’ll be suiting up when the Browns and Steelers face off in November and on January 1.