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Half-baked plan: Both Blount and Bell to play tonight

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The Steelers are going to take their time deciding how to handle running backs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell after last night’s marijuana possession arrests.

And they’re definitely going to wait longer than a day.

According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will play both of them tonight against the Eagles.

Bell, who was also charged with DUI, has paid his own way to Philadelphia to join the team, so apparently he’s going to get something for his money. Blount was on the team charter.

The move to play them seems dicey in light of potential punishment, but the Steelers also have to pick a roster after tonight’s game, and having their regular runners in there will give them a better chance to evaluate the rest of the offense.

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  1. aceakking says: Aug 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    Did Bill Leavy OK this?

  2. buddysguys says: Aug 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    they guna be high as hell too

  3. saundman2000 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:28 PM

    Hmm. Not sure this sends out the right message. I expect a higher standard than this from the Steelers’ operations…..

  4. lionfaninsocal says: Aug 21, 2014 12:29 PM

    Neither of these players would make the roster in Detroit. The Lions will be annihilating the league this year. The Lions will be winning first place in the NFCN this season with a 13-3 record.

    Top 3 receivers in the NFL:
    1.) Megatron
    2.) Golden Tate
    3.) Eric Ebron (TE but he will be more productive in the slot than any other slot receiver in the league)

  5. ctiggs says: Aug 21, 2014 12:31 PM

    #nobodyhasitbetter

  6. dadindebt6 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:33 PM

    Everyone deserves a second chance. Let them play and let them serve the punishment when it is decided on. Then hammer them if they do it again.
    That’s the opinion of this guy who has been a Steelers fan for over 40 years.

  7. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 21, 2014 12:33 PM

    Embarrassing. We are turning into the Ravens.

  8. canetic says: Aug 21, 2014 12:34 PM

    Integrity.

  9. eagleswin says: Aug 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    This should shut up anyone who thinks the Steelers have any moral superiority over anyone.

    They chose talent over doing the right thing all the way.

  10. enoughofthatalready says: Aug 21, 2014 12:37 PM

    I don’t understand why the decision to play them is dicey. Gordon’s punishment looms and he played into the 4th Quarter the other night. There are a ton of other players facing suspensions that play preseason games.

  11. amishninjas says: Aug 21, 2014 12:37 PM

    Making them play a full preseason game seems more like a punishment.

  12. bigdinla says: Aug 21, 2014 12:38 PM

    Tomlin is just pissed he wasn’t invited.

  13. explosionsauce says: Aug 21, 2014 12:38 PM

    I need a time machine to enjoy your title pun

  14. simplesimon1 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:40 PM

    Thank you for that awesome headline!!!!

  15. ravanator says: Aug 21, 2014 12:43 PM

    So glad the Ravens have a true #1 starting running back, the great Ray Rice. Steelers have two pot smokers that would ride the bench if they played for another team. Great time to be a Ravens fan. Cheers!

    #rayricehof
    #steelersarecriminals

  16. chawkup says: Aug 21, 2014 12:44 PM

    They should force them both to sit in the stands for a preseason game and buy $10 beers. THAT would be a real punishment.

  17. 6ball says: Aug 21, 2014 12:46 PM

    .
    Is this a case of “DWB” ? Did the trio balk at the officer’s command of, ” hands up”?
    .

  18. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 21, 2014 12:46 PM

    Peoples idea of the punishment is so delusional.

    First, a first time offender is fined 2 game checks and NOT suspended.

    Second, the DUI is the more serious charge and Bell wont be suspended for that until after the trial runs its course. Jerome Simpson was just handed his suspension from a DUI last November.

    Both will be docked 2 game checks and Bell will be suspended one game NEXT season.

    Sorry to disappoint you.

  19. isphet71 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:49 PM

    OMG The Steelers could have their preseason win vacated if they get found guilty!!!!!!!!!1111

    -NCAA

  20. hakunamangata says: Aug 21, 2014 12:51 PM

    I was gonna play the eagles in the preseason, but then I got high. I was gonna score a TD on them but then I got high. Now I’m on the bench and I know why, because I got high, because I got high, because I got hiiiiiiigh.

  21. clashpoint says: Aug 21, 2014 12:52 PM

    Preseason games don’t mean too much, although this 3rd one is arguably the one that means the most for the regulars. If the team, or league for that matter, is going to punish them, it’ll be with regular season games. Considering the pace the NFL usually takes, it’ll probably be next season after any court stuff finishes up. First offenses aren’t usually suspensions anyways, just game fines. For now, it’s business as usual.

    Go Steelers!
    Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em :)

  22. magicmtndan says: Aug 21, 2014 12:55 PM

    At least the two potheads will have some motivation for running hard this year. Now they’ll be living in a fishbowl – they’ll either survive or end up like Santonio Holmes wasting his talent and washed up.

  23. abninf says: Aug 21, 2014 12:57 PM

    I presume they aren’t going to be drug tested, when they will obviously fail, because of the lovely union.

  24. troy43mvp says: Aug 21, 2014 12:59 PM

    It’s a preseason game. It’s to evaluate the rest of the team. They were smoking weed come on already, it’s not like they close fist punched a 105 lb. woman in the face and the coach’s,Owner,G.M. and the fans cheered it afterwards or said that they were “proud” of the person.

  25. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 21, 2014 12:59 PM

    Im so glad the 13x Champs the Packers took the class rb of the draft last year in rookie of the year Lacy. More ability and obviously more brains than Bell.

  26. rajbais says: Aug 21, 2014 12:59 PM

    Thank god this is over with.

    Unless, Tomlin is overruled by management and/or ownership.

  27. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:01 PM

    So, there’s some doubt whether Blount or Bell or both will might make the team that it’s vital they play in a preseason game? What a ridiculous excuse. Tomlin has zero control of his players.

  28. mrlaloosh says: Aug 21, 2014 1:03 PM

    It always amazes me when fans of the team the players are on always defend them. If another team they would be blasting them. The IQ of the posters on this site has to be among the lowest ever recorded.

  29. jmblosser82 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:07 PM

    Seems as tho the trolls have doubled and get the same tired stuff posted on every article but half my posts don’t make it

  30. apeters79 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:07 PM

    Just to pound it in how horrendous the NFL policy is, Philadelphia just passed a bill to decriminalize marijuana with a punishment of 25 bucks. 25 dollars!

  31. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:08 PM

    Notice how when there’s the rare occurrence of a Steeler arrest, it’s always a non-violent crime?

  32. abninf says: Aug 21, 2014 1:09 PM

    When one guy is named “LeGarrette” and the other is named “Le’Veon”, you have to assume they are driving around high on pot with a bag of weed in the car like idiots.

  33. clashpoint says: Aug 21, 2014 1:09 PM

    My confession:

    Once back when I was young and silly, I myself sampled the herbs then drove. I know many of you are stupified by that admission, but if you’re a ratbird fan, you’re probably used to that feeling already. I had but 5 miles to go, yet it involved driving on a major road, albeit at 3am. I was petrified. It was my first time with the ganj, I’d no prior experience with it much less driving under it.

    My foggy brain was running at 1000 miles an hour as I pulled onto the empty street. Speed limit is 45, so don’t speed! Drive straight! Don’t speed! Stay between the lines! Don’t slouch at the wheel! Don’t speed! Don’t weave! Watch out for cops! Watch out for animals in the road! Don’t speed! Drive straight! Watch out for cops! Check the speedometer to make sure you’re not speeding…

    I was driving 17 mph. Seventeen. 10 + 7.

    …so no wonder the cop could smell it as Bell drove by him, right?

  34. stillers213 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:10 PM

    Yeah Bob, blame the coach for grown men’s actions outside of the workplace.
    There’s nothing to indicate that there won’t be punishment down the road. Perhaps Tomlin should set his game preparation aside less than 24 hours leading up to the game to review their incident and dole out punishment. Coach has a job to do. smh

  35. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:12 PM

    Good, maybe if the teams stop punishing players for smoking it will send a message to the league.

    One of these days soon a player is going to get a medical marijuana card and challenge the league on this.

  36. philliesblow says: Aug 21, 2014 1:13 PM

    @ lionfaninsocal – Obviously Bell & Blount aren’t the only ones smokin’ peyote.

  37. jmblosser82 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:15 PM

    Bob, seriously? It’s the preseason. Any player that gets suspended still gets to play in the preseason. If this was the regular or post season it would be another issue of them playing. I guess it’s a change of pace from your typical Ben bashing. The way Blount has been running I wouldn’t really call him a lock for the team.

  38. fleaman1381 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:16 PM

    I don’t think this is a big deal. Yeah, I’m a Steelers fan, but sitting out a preseason game isn’t punishment. Sitting out regular season games is.

  39. stillers213 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:16 PM

    aceakking says:
    Aug 21, 2014 12:26 PM
    Did Bill Leavy OK this?
    _________________

    By midseason you will have a new referee to blame for your team’s woes. Funny how it is your team’s grabby DB’s who are responsible for the flood of holding flags we are witnessing already this season. I expect a whine-fest of epic proportions from clowns like you obsessed with trolling Steeler articles.

  40. tformation says: Aug 21, 2014 1:18 PM

    Ah, who cares. It’s pre-season. I have no problem with this.

    Come to think of it, I don’t think I’d have a problem with a team letting their players play during the regular season after getting caught smoking weed. Even if it was Aaron Rodgers, about to play my Bears in the NFC title game.

    Let ‘em play.

  41. jmblosser82 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:21 PM

    harrisonhits2, legal substances are still banned by the nfl. The nfl may not make it to the time when pot is legal with the way Roger is killing the game.

  42. Deb says: Aug 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    Wish they were playing in Pittsburgh so they could get the boos they deserve.

  43. trumb1mj says: Aug 21, 2014 1:29 PM

    This team and organization is completely out of control and it falls on the head coach and the GM.

  44. citizenstrange says: Aug 21, 2014 1:32 PM

    Bell, who was also charged with DUI, has paid his own way to Philadelphia to join the team,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Cut to Bell wandering lost in the bowels of Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field yelling “HELLO CLEVELAND!”

  45. si1m says: Aug 21, 2014 1:33 PM

    Pittsburgh fans desperately trying to delete their hater comments from ravens articles. Boy is their face red

  46. medialovesthecowboys says: Aug 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    Why is Blount carrying Bell’s helmet in that pic?
    I think these guys are high all of the time.

  47. clashpoint says: Aug 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    By the way, marijuana is obviously not a performance enhancing drug. Not by a longshot. If Bell and Blount play well in beating the Eagles (not to mention the clowns and ratbirds in regular season games 1 & 2) while baked, that just means the Eagles, clowns and ratbirds suck extra bad, right?

    Can I also point out that if Ray and Janay had been baked instead of drunk they’d never have been hitting each other. They’d have been eating their 3rd pizza.

  48. cincyalldaway says: Aug 21, 2014 1:35 PM

    ravanator says: Aug 21, 2014 12:43 PM

    So glad the Ravens have a true #1 starting running back, the great Ray Rice. Steelers have two pot smokers that would ride the bench if they played for another team. Great time to be a Ravens fan. Cheers!
    =====================================
    What a moronic statement! I take someone who smokes some occassional weed over a peice of crap who slaps women around because he doesn’t have the stones to do it on the field anymore! But I guess we shouldn’t have expected anything less from the Baltimore Browns anyway.

    #Rayblows

  49. grndizzle says: Aug 21, 2014 1:39 PM

    Hopefully Bell didn’t drive himself up there.

  50. rayricespimphand says: Aug 21, 2014 1:39 PM

    Should they be playing tonight? No way, no how. Sends a bad message to the rest of the team that are following the rules in place. Especially Bell for driving while smoking. That said they are both young guys doing young guys things. Live and learn, no harm was done..this time. I’m a Ravens fan and I firmly believe no suspension is necessary for the regular season as well.

  51. corvetteman6 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:41 PM

    It’s a pity that professional sports have become largely unwatchable thanks to these types of stories. I know times change, but I would have loved these two to time warp back to the days of Chuck Noll and like-minded coaches around the league. The police and the commissioner would be the least of their worries.
    Shame that these two put themselves over the team and will remain gainfully employed.

  52. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 21, 2014 1:49 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Aug 21, 2014 12:46 PM
    Peoples idea of the punishment is so delusional.

    First, a first time offender is fined 2 game checks and NOT suspended.

    Second, the DUI is the more serious charge and Bell wont be suspended for that until after the trial runs its course. Jerome Simpson was just handed his suspension from a DUI last November.

    Both will be docked 2 game checks and Bell will be suspended one game NEXT season.

    Sorry to disappoint you.
    _________________________
    Steely I am SO glad you understand how the punishments of the NFL work, and what precedent is. And I am sure you were not one of those morons clamoring for Rice to get suspended for a whole season when the precedent was 1-2 games (or none, like Harrison after he cracked his baby momma, right?).

    As for the suspension- you’re right. It’s not happening for Blount, and maybe next year for Bell for 1 game. BUT. What fans should be more concerned about is the program. Call me crazy, but if you get busted smoking pot once? It wasn’t a one time ordeal. You likely do it frequently. So now that these 2 will be randomly tested on a frequent basis, they need to commit to putting the doobie down for the next 2 years. If not? THEN you see suspensions coming and next thing you know? Josh Gordon style punishments. That’s where my concern would really be.

  53. faninvirginia says: Aug 21, 2014 1:51 PM

    No way Noll would have let these idiots play. Terrible message to send to the team that this is tolerated. Tomlin had an easy out by not letting them play in a game that means nothing. Also a perfect chance for the backups to get some real reps to see what you have. Often letting the backups play with the backup line doesn’t show you what you may have in a runner with other starters out there.

  54. philswfc08 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:54 PM

    I wuz gonna go to philly, then i got high…

  55. cmich2006 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:54 PM

    If the ravens don’t suspend rice for beating women why should the Steelers suspend players for smoking pot? Most player arrests since 2010…you guessed it, the Ravens.

  56. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    @Eutaws Finest correct. These things are a blip on the radar until it happens either to your favorite team or a rival or your favorite team. You wouldn’t find many Steeler or Ravens fans in the articles about Dwayne Bowe getting suspended one game because we really don’t care.

    What bothers me more than anything is two fold:

    a) they were scheduled to board a team plane in less than an hour meaning at the very least coaches and management would be present and

    b) the Steelers have to carry an extra RB now just in case which means they have to cut someone at another position. These guys caused a young player like Josh Mauro who worked his butt off over the preseason to go to the practice squad becuase they need his roster spot for no reason.

    I don’t disagree that what they did was dumb dumb dumb. But, from reading some of these comments you would think they killed a guy.

    These things pass over quickly and I believe it will be put behind them and the team until the trail is concluded.

  57. clashpoint says: Aug 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    Game recap headline prediction:

    “Bell runs high as Blount gets rolled”

    I think we’re running out of original jokes though.

  58. 2blingluvinit says: Aug 21, 2014 2:04 PM

    Geez…They play for the steelers. Isn’t that punishment enough.

  59. youplayinfoosball says: Aug 21, 2014 2:16 PM

    Haha sounds like the squeekers RBs have given up on this season already, probably a good call on their part. Enjoy your 6-10 season whiners.

  60. radiofriendly420 says: Aug 21, 2014 2:34 PM

    Props to the Steelers.

    #Right thing to do

  61. citizenstrange says: Aug 21, 2014 2:48 PM

    Before the first stone is cast ask yourself this. Who amongst would want to be trapped on an airplane with Tomlin and his gibberish straight? Besides the Rooneys I guess.

  62. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 21, 2014 2:49 PM

    I have rethought things. There’s no reason that both Bell and Blount shouldn’t play tonight.
    But I that doesn’t change my opinion about Tomlin. His decision in 2011 to suspend Mendenhall for not showing up for a game for which he had been deactivated was ludicrous.
    The only 2 people on the planet who even knew Mendenhall wasn’t at that game was Tomlin and Mendenhall. Tomlin’s intent was to publicly humiliate Mendenhall. That’s called, “`flexing your authoritative coaching muscles.”
    Here’s what I think Tomlin ought to do with Bell and Blount: Take away their Ping-Pong privileges.
    That’ll teach ‘em.

  63. deweyaxewound says: Aug 21, 2014 2:49 PM

    Who cares what they do with a plant that grows out of the ground?

    They’re grown men.

    No victim = no crime.

  64. mrlaloosh says: Aug 21, 2014 2:52 PM

    Number one Rooney Rule: the rules don’t apply to the Steelers.

  65. Canton Bulldogs says: Aug 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    Funny how people say…it’s only pot…it should be legal…it’s not that bad. Problem is according the CBA it is illegal for NFL players.

    However, street drugs are not deemed performance enhancing so they are only tested like once a year, unless they do something stupid like drive and then get arrested. The NFL really does make an effort to leave them alone for street drugs, it’s when they drive and get caught. That’s the real problem here.

  66. sjmalikjr says: Aug 21, 2014 3:03 PM

    Tomlin should make both of them smoke a bag then put both of them in at RB… and then a Eagles LB will knock them out to La La land in AC!!!

  67. flannlv says: Aug 21, 2014 3:20 PM

    Three yards and a cloud of smoke.

  68. aljack88 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:35 PM

    “…One of these days soon a player is going to get a medical marijuana card and challenge the league on this.”

    I wish someone would challenge the DEA on this. It is unbelievable how much they hinder the use and research of marijuana for medicinal use.

  69. cranialdisturbance says: Aug 21, 2014 3:38 PM

    It’s funny because 26 or 27 is the number of times per month they’ll be peeing in a cup from now on.

  70. aljack88 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:43 PM

    “…it’s when they drive and get caught”

    or in Aldon Smith’s case, get stopped by a tree. (before he runs over some kids on their way to school).

    Another issue here is that this isn’t the “off season”; these guys are supposed to be in “training camp”. Back in Vince’s day, they would be stuck in some college dorm room if they weren’t out on the field or in the classroom. Driving around doing some J’s with some female in the car ain’t training camp.

  71. jebdamone says: Aug 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    weed brings people together.

  72. angrypurplebirds says: Aug 21, 2014 4:17 PM

    Both these guys will be cut. That’s the steeler way, right?….or so I have been hearing….

  73. aljack88 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:35 PM

    “….Both these guys will be cut. That’s the steeler way, right?….or so I have been hearing….”

    Let’s see… UDFAs? gone… burnt out, end of their career RBs? gone…

    2 RBs that are being counted on to be a vital part of the offense? ah,,,er,,, we’ll see how this turns out in court first,,,, of course, there will be delays and continuances until after Feb 2015.

  74. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 21, 2014 5:01 PM

    Hypocrite Steelers and their fans now suddenly changing their minds on the proper response to broken laws.

  75. nou04 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:55 PM

    “Half Baked Plan”……I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.

    But as far as integrity, I am a little disappointed in Mike Tomlin. I always thought that he was very classy, with integrity, even taking into account running out on to the field during a kick return. Maybe I was wrong.

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