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.

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