Bell, Blount Expected to Play

Both running backs, despite legal problems arising, will play in the third preseason game.

About twenty-four hours after Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were taken into custody for marijuana possession, following a police stop, NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that the Steelers still plan to play both backs in Thursday night's preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Det. Brian Kohlhepp of the Ross Township (PA) Police Department believes that both players (along with a third passenger in their car, a female) will receive misdemeanor possession charges. Bell, the car's driver, was also blood-tested under suspicion that he was driving while intoxicated.

Blount traveled with the team to Philadelphia, while Bell flew at his own expense into the city, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

Any disciplinary action to be taken by the Steelers or the NFL is to be determined at a later time.

On the Eagles end of it, Philadelphia's defense was heavily maligned in last week's loss to the Patriots, both for poor pass coverage (the "Curtis Marsh Game") and for allowing 10 of 15 third downs to convert.

Bell and Blount's presence will provide a workout for a defense in need of one, though the Eagles' run defense six nights ago held the Patriots to 36 yards on their first ten carries. Philadelphia's 3.77 YPA rushing allowed last season was fourth best in the league.

Follow Justin Henry on Twitter Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


0 Fans online
    Join The Conversation