Colbert says Steelers must be prepared for a Le’Veon Bell suspension

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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell knows he has 15 months of probation ahead of him because he was caught driving under the influence of marijuana. But neither Bell nor the Steelers knows what the NFL will do.

However, Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert says the Steelers have to be prepared for the possibility that Bell will be suspended at the start of the 2015 season. Colbert said at his press conference on Wednesday that the Steelers will be prepared when or if Bell is suspended, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

That preparation won’t be easy because no running back in the NFL played a bigger role in his team’s offense than Bell last season. Bell had 1,361 rushing yards, 854 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns last season, and after the Steelers cut LeGarrette Blount, Bell became the only option at running back.

But under the terms of the league’s new substance-abuse policy, Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season. That means the Steelers need a Plan B.

71 responses to “Colbert says Steelers must be prepared for a Le’Veon Bell suspension

  1. After the workload he had last season, playing a 14 game season might not be the worst thing in the world for him.

  2. I guess they won’t be opening the season at Foxboro vs the Champs. I wouldn’t think the NFL would want a damaged team in their opening night festivities.

  3. This is a moronic utterance by Colbert for a number of reasons.

    For one, we need to be prepared for an INJURY keeping Bell from playing — and we WEREN’T. We didn’t need a suspension to get hosed here — and Colbert left the cupboard bare at the most critical juncture. We were on the high wire with no net, and the playoffs were the splat.

    Secondly, why would any GM tip their angles? At least Belichick understands that you keep your cards close to the vest, and your intentions on the down low.

    Much respect for Colbert, but I strongly disagree with him mentioning a suspension as if it were the only reason to back up Bell at RB — and even worse, he’s piping info to the other 31 teams we’re competing against. D-Day would not have worked out like it did — if we telegraphed the Nazis in advance with our real plans.

  4. Hopefully he’s back quick and never has this trouble again because he sure is fun to watch and a big difference maker.

  5. I don’t think the steelers were ever going to open against the patriots, the bills in the season opener has too much appeal to me. rex with his new team, division game, the only other team in the afc east who was half decent last year. they’ll be playing up the rex vs belichick storyline all summer.

  6. Basically written in stone that Roger is going to make the Steelers play NE in the opening game without Bell.

  7. “So the Pats cheat and still nothing has happened? But Bell will get two games? ”

    No. As it stands now the Pats have not “cheated”, and in fact every indication is the one ball which was significantly deflated was done so by the Colts on their sideline after they intercepted it.

    But hey, if you want to believe a witch hunt instigated by the Ravens, Harbaugh’s toady Pagano and ex Jets employees who all loathe the Pats go right ahead. Its much easier to whine about “cheating” than accept your team just isn’t as good as the Pats.

  8. Blount wasn’t driving that’s why.

    But I do enjoy seeing some of the comments here from people who hate other teams because their teams SUCK!

    Maybe, instead of coming up with they cheat, push the rules etc., maybe you should go to your team and tell them you’re not happy losing every year.

    But then again, it is Buffalo so irrelevance is just a way of life up there.

    Surfin’ the World

  9. This past season was the beginning of a 4 or 5 year run of division title for the Steelers. When healthy we were clearly the 2nd best team in the AFC. We blew out the Ravens and Colts, and wouldve beaten the Broncos.

    The TIm Tebow culprits are history. Ike and LeBeau.

  10. He’s the best all around back in the league. Everyone knows he runs well. He also averaged over 10 yards a catch too, so we know he catches well. He’s already one of the best blitz pick ups in the league as well, Big Ben’s lowest sack total in years was a part of that. However, the best number? Only one fumble in over 660 touches in his young career. Best all-around back in the league, period.

    Hopefully they’ll take into consideration that he’s never remotely had any other legal problems in his life, and this one came as a result of the bad influence Blount was.

    GO STEELERS!

  11. With mandated suspension looming he will also never make it without drinking or the herb for his 15 month probation. This is another reason why Lacy was the better choice.

  12. 1buckeye76 says:
    Feb 11, 2015 10:12 AM
    Why will it have taken a full year to dole out a suspension?

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    It was known pretty immediately that any possible suspension (against Bell or Blount) wouldn’t be until the 2015 season. Thought it was because of the possibility that the legalities might not be finalized until after 2014 season ended and the NFL would wait for that before deciding on suspension. Could be wrong.

    As to the person asking why Blount didn’t get suspended — NFL substance abuse policy calls for 2-game suspension for being charged with DUI. Blount wasn’t driving the vehicle and also had his charges dropped for doing community service.

  13. Sorry, but I thought the entire idea of the substance abuse policy was so players and teams knew EXACTLY what the punishments were going to be? Is the concern that since he was driving under the influence in addition to testing positive that Goodell might make the punishment longer? I’m not getting the uncertainty.

  14. He should have been suspended last year. It is a mockery that the NFL didn’t do something after the guy was caught outright smoking dope and driving as well!

  15. a) why did it take so long for the suspension
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    b) Why weren’t he and Blount also immediately drug tested and suspended for being high? Note: I believe weed should be legalized, but that’s not the point. Weed is still CURRENTLY illegal and league rules are league rules.

  16. There would only be 2 things worse than Bell getting suspended a few games.
    1. Active but on the bench when his team needs him most because he was too tired – a la Clay Matthews
    2. He was a cheater – a la Patriots*

  17. Browns are going to lose a draft pick for Farmer texting the QB coach to put manziel in.

    Falcons are going to lose a draft pick for pumping in crowd noise.

    Saints are being investigated for doing the same

    Bell is going to be suspended for an incident the NFL knew about since the preseason of the 2014 season.

    And yet the Patriots get caught red handed and all you hear are crickets.

    Must be nice to have Goodell in your back pocket

  18. It’s going to be difficult enough if the Steelers open the season against NE in Foxboro. To do it potentially without Le’Veon Bell will be a very tall order.
    The Steelers need to have a viable RB depth chart in place at the start of the season, and it would also be beneficial if Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley don’t run Bell into the ground, or ‘until the wheels fall off’, as Tomlin did with Willie Parker a few years back, and appears to possibly be on the same path regarding Bell.
    Those who do not learn from the lessons of history are fated to repeat them…

  19. The league will make sure the Steelers open against the Browns and Raiders, essentially offsetting the suspension.

  20. For all the geniuses tearing down Blount and the Patriots because he didn’t get the same suspension/punishment as Bell, try and understand that Bell’s punishment was harsher because he was DRIVING the vehicle while Blount was in the passenger seat. Getting charged with a DUI is a lot more serious than getting caught smoking pot. Blount still had to complete community service (pretty standard for smoking pot) and after doing so had his charge dismissed. Stop with the double standard allegations – it’s nonsense.

  21. “And yet the Patriots get caught red handed and all you hear are crickets.

    Must be nice to have Goodell in your back pocket”

    Ok I’ll post this again for those who have reading comprehension problems.

    1. Goodell is not “in the Pats back pocket”. Goodell is an ex Jets employee who loathes the Pats. If he actually wanted to protect them, there never would have been a deflate gate in the first place.

    2. No. As it stands now the Pats have not “cheated”, and in fact every indication is the one ball which was significantly deflated was done so by the Colts on their sideline after they intercepted it.

    But hey, if you want to believe a witch hunt instigated by the Ravens, Harbaugh’s toady Pagano and ex Jets employees who all loathe the Pats go right ahead. Its much easier to whine about “cheating” than accept your team just isn’t as good as the Pats.

  22. This highlights the major issue underlying the meting of NFL penalties. The fact that the Steelers and Le’Veon do not know what the NFL will do is the central problem. I don’t understand why the cause and effect system of penalties can’t be established ahead of time. If a player does X, Y will happen. Maybe it won’t cover 100% of offenses, but certainly can be set for many of them. The uncertainty here is indicates the ongoing lack of Goodell’s and the NFLPA’s leadership.

  23. Dri Archer – why did the RBs coach and OC never bother to develop him or use him in the gameplan?

    I mean the kid has 4.26 speed and the Steelers never ran him on a wheel route to scare the hell out of a DEF.

  24. Forever grateful to Fast Willie for his 75-yarder in the SB, but he does not belong in the same sentence as Bell. FW did not have Bell’s vision, couldn’t run between the tackles. Willie’s running style is what ended his career, not Tomlin. Willie was a slightly better and faster version of Famous Amos Zereoue.

  25. Le’Veon Bell is a moron. He is a terrific young player, but he’s dumber than a box of rocks, and very typical of many NFL players today.
    I don’t care what anyone’s views are about marijuana. But the fact is, it’s still illegal in most states and Bell knows damned well you sure can’t be under the influence of it when you’re behind the wheel.
    So — to jeopardize his NFL career in any way to get high is asinine. If I were his father, I’d kick him in his butt so hard his shirt would fly up his back like a window shade.
    Now all these left-wing yellow-bellied apologists will make excuses for him and whine that marijuana is no big deal. But they’re as misguided as Bell is. Because when a rule is a rule and the player decided to violate it, that’s the issue. It doesn’t matter what the rule pertains to.
    So — in my view, start coming down harder on these guys on the first offense, and don’t give them all these chances.
    They are told over and over again what they can and can’t do. So, if they screw up — throw them out for a year on the first offense. Maybe only then will we see these over-paid, pampered, immature and supposed college graduate knuckleheads grow up and understand what right and wrong is, just like the rest of us in the “real world” do.
    Until then — we’ll keep seeing these idiots do this stupid stuff. I, for one, am sick of seeing and hearing about it and it’s time for the NFL and NFLPA to get serious and put a stop to it.
    I mean, who didn’t know Johnny Manziel had serious issues????? You’d have to blind not to have seen it with him.
    Okay, all you defenders, rip me if you want. But I know I am right.

  26. If you look at fumbling statistics since the rules changed so the teams provide the footballs instead of the NFL (2007), 31 teams fumble roughly the same amount during the period from 2007-2014. However, ONE team fumbles dramatically less. Somehow New England learned how to not fumble after the ball rule was changed and it’s not even close.

    Dome team fumble a lot less and cold weather teams fumble more. However, NE fumbles less than dome teams. I WONDER why this is the case???

  27. The league will make sure the Steelers open against the Browns and Raiders, essentially offsetting the suspension.
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    Or back-to-back Bengals games.

  28. Penalties in the Modern World.

    Penalties for lying about Iraq:
    – If you’re a journalist, 6 months suspension
    – If you’re a politician, re-election

    NFL Penalties:
    smoking a doob as a Steeler – suspension
    cheating as a Patriot – Lombardi

  29. “no running back in the NFL played a bigger role in his team’s offense than Bell last season”

    DeMarco Murray just lol’d

    Hell, if you’re talking about being the crux of a team’s offense, Matt Forte just lol’d too

  30. How’s that cutting Blount thing working out for you?
    Didn’t have a RB for the playoffs or the beginning of the 2015 season when you KNOW he’s gonna be gone for those 2 games…BRILLIANT!!
    Although I don’t think the Pats or LeGarrett are to upset with that coaching decision!!!

  31. just one of many before season starts.[all teams]
    players dont know how to act in off season

  32. “If you look at fumbling statistics since the rules changed so the teams provide the footballs instead of the NFL (2007), 31 teams fumble roughly the same amount during the period from 2007-2014. However, ONE team fumbles dramatically less. Somehow New England learned how to not fumble after the ball rule was changed and it’s not even close.”

    Belichick is the only coach who the last 5 or 6 years has immediately benched any player who fumbles. No other team does that. You fumble the ball, you’re sitting on the bench at least a few plays and likely the rest of the game unless your replacement also fumbles.

    The Pats also massively stress ball safety/protection in all practices.

    It’s called better coaching in this respect than the other 31 teams. Belichick is better and all the whining about somehow “cheating” just makes it clear the people doing so have little actual knowledge of the Pats.

  33. yeah… no real plan without Bell… then fire Colbert and Tomlin…

    what have the done for me lately… as in years”,

    fool to bring in Tate at the last minute and expect improvement over the other guys thats been there…. STUPID

    tripping…. arguing with a Ravens player after the game… NOT THE STANDARD.. means… let him go…

    Hoping Steelers see what Haslam did… waited and then fired the staff. And had they had a QB, they might had more than 7 wins…

  34. Its much easier to whine about “cheating” than accept your team just isn’t as good as the Pats.

    Yeah I guess all of our teams aren’t smart enough to play a shell game with our offensive linemen when the defense is in zone coverage for the duration of the playoffs. Knowing of course that substitutions weren’t allowed and putting the owness on the refs knowing an obscure rule and stopping play to the ire of Bill and Tommy.

    Or miraculously cut down on fumbling to the point of being the best in NFL history by a margin equivalent of two thirds to the next closest team, once the NFL allowed every team to supply their own footballs. So much so that a guy who joins the team as an undrafted free agent from Miami can fumble the ball 5 times the year before against 30 catches, but then only 5 times the next three years versus 300+ catches.

    Or for those 11 deflated footballs to miraculously re-inflate after the nfl had them in their possession for a week.

    Or to have recorded the game plans of my opponents from 2000-2006 so that the evil Jets employee as you put it, Goodell, had to burn the evidence for me. I mean looking at the powerhouse teams the Pats had there was no way the Rams stood a chance having to defend guys like Rod Rutladge or JR Redmond and then go toe to toe with Issac Bruce or Tory Holt on Otis Smith.

    I guess I must wish my team was as good as New England to overcome all these deficiencies

  35. “Or back-to-back Bengals games.”

    Nah, not with the way the Steelers stumble and sputter coming out of the gate.

  36. Belichick is the only coach who the last 5 or 6 years has immediately benched any player who fumbles. No other team does that.

    Yes they do. Did you not see why Blount didn’t get to play ever in Pittsburgh? Or why Lorenzo Talafero never saw the field after fumbling in Pittsburgh? Or why Jeremy Hill was pulled against Cleveland? Or or or or. The thought that our team is special and smarter than yours is pretty much a false hood but please continue.

    The Pats also massively stress ball safety/protection in all practices.

    Because no other team does that? Also this argument would essentially say Belichick didn’t stress it before 2007. So did he just wake up and say “Hey we gotta practice NOT fumbling!” No and the fact that they were in the middle of the pack with similar scheme and personnel before then suggests otherwise.

    It’s called better coaching in this respect than the other 31 teams.

    And in all 32 franchises since the NFL was established I suppose. Handy that rule was put in place though at the same time they went on such a historic run.

    Belichick is better and all the whining about somehow “cheating” just makes it clear the people doing so have little actual knowledge of the Pats.

    Just like their fans.

  37. Sorry to interrupt the always exiting cheating arguments, but since I’ve heard them all 10 times before…The Steelers obviously need a viable #2 option at RB. A legit guy in case Bell gets hurt again(he got hurt his first year too, didn’t he?). There are plenty of guys they could get on the cheap. Even with little cap money, they could sign guys to one year ‘prove it’ deals like ABradshaw, DMcFadden, KMoreno or maybe even SRidley, while they draft and develop someone else. OK, back to the cheating.

  38. Everyone drives stoned, it’s beneficial for dealing with the rest of the population that drives retarded. Blount wasn’t driving, so he can’t be suspended for driving under the influence. Ever since Blount laid out that dufas lineman from Boise St. on national television, he has been my hero.

  39. Blunt was cut because he was a bad influence on Bell. And Blount is not very good.

    All he is good at is plowing straight ahead. That’s what he does on the Pats. But on the Steelers, he tried to be a real RB trying to do moves in the hole, and he was getting stopped short in key situations where he just needs to plow ahead.

  40. Browns are going to lose a draft pick for Farmer texting the QB coach to put manziel in.

    Falcons are going to lose a draft pick for pumping in crowd noise.

    Saints are being investigated for doing the same

    Bell is going to be suspended for an incident the NFL knew about since the preseason of the 2014 season.

    And yet the Patriots get caught red handed and all you hear are crickets.

    Must be nice to have Goodell in your back pocket

    And the Ravens are punished how long for trying to sweep domestic abuse under the rug. Raven fans should hardly be complaining about other teams getting away with anything….does deer antler spray bring back any memories or maybe a video helps your selective memory.

  41. The Steelers will prepare in accord with rulings the NFL makes. That’s what pro’s do.

  42. jtbsteeler says:
    Feb 11, 2015 10:31 AM
    This past season was the beginning of a 4 or 5 year run of division title for the Steelers. When healthy we were clearly the 2nd best team in the AFC. We blew out the Ravens and Colts, and wouldve beaten the Broncos
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    hate to agree here, but as a Pats fan, going into the playoffs, the Steelers were the last team I wanted to see. Until Bell went down. COlbert blows a ton of hot air about player expectations, yet he has failed to provide depth for the steelers, and he let go of his insurance policy because they couldnt get along for another couple months. Imagining the pats with no blount, and the steelers with a backup plan, they could have come into foxborough and beat us. hard to see how it woulda played out witha healthy bell, but the Pats would have had to choose who to stop, antonio brown, or bell. Pick your poison. Scary. Glad it didnt happen.

  43. sbchampsagain says:
    Feb 11, 2015 2:01 PM
    The Ravens have more Super Bowl rings in the past 5 years than the Steelers have playoff wins.

    #thestandardisthestandard

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    Going back to 2010 (i.e., 5 years), the Steelers have two playoff wins, whereas the Ravens have one SB ring.

    Not the most impressive playoff record during that time frame, but if you’re going to troll, at least bother to check that you’re actually right first.

  44. This Tokyo guy’s obsession with the Steelers is comical. Probably keeps him awake at night.

  45. This Tokyo guy’s obsession with the Steelers is comical. Probably keeps him awake at night.

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    Report comment Nah, he has cabin fever living in Wisconsin except his is year round. He has never posted a memorable comment and is one of many trolls cluttering this space.

  46. All that means is the back up starts for two games. Oh what a dilemma! The Vikings managed to play an entire season with basically a practice squad player at RB. He didn’t do all that bad. Sure they’ll miss him, but it’s two games.

  47. 0-4 without Bell.. They’ve become too dependent on him and 1 dimensional without him.. Better grab a RB in the offseason or come up with option B

  48. jtbsteeler says:
    Feb 11, 2015 10:31 AM
    This past season was the beginning of a 4 or 5 year run of division title for the Steelers. When healthy we were clearly the 2nd best team in the AFC. We blew out the Ravens and Colts, and wouldve beaten the Broncos.

    The TIm Tebow culprits are history. Ike and LeBeau.

    =You blew out the Ravens? Did you forget the first game where Baltimore blew you out by 20, or the only game that mattered the playoff game? Enjoy 3rd place next year.

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