Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension at the start of the 2016 NFL season, according to a report from ESPN. Bell reportedly violated the NFL's drug policy. He is currently appealing the suspension.
Assuming the suspension sticks, this is obviously bad news for the Steelers. The 24-year-old Bell is one of the top running backs in the league. He's rushed for 2,777 yards and 19 touchdowns on 647 career carries. Bell has also recorded 152 receptions for 1,389 yards and three touchdowns.
This isn't the first time Bell has been suspended. He missed two games last season after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Bell played in six games last season before suffering a season-ending MCL injury in November. The Steelers went 7-3 in games Bell missed last year; they were 3-3 with him.
If Bell's appeal is unsuccessful, he will miss Pittsburgh's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 on Sunday, Sept. 25. The Eagles are 8-0 all-time when playing at home against the Steelers.