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Steelers Running Backs Blount, Bell Apologize

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Leveon Bell 2Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both apologized to Steelers fans and the organization for the distraction they caused as a result of the 2 players being found with 20 grams of marijuana in a vehicle Bell was operating.

Despite the fact that both players were found with marijuana in the car, both players did make it to Philadelphia to compete in the Steeler’s 3rd preseason game against the Eagles.

“I’m sorry for the distraction that I caused my team,” said Blount, the rushing leader, with 32 yards, for the Steelers in the 31-21 loss. “I just want to apologize to my team and my coach and my organization for causing that distraction.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took some criticism for playing the 2 backs, who are expected to feature prominently in the Steelers offense this season, in the 3rd preseason game, the game in which the starters see the most playing time.. While some of the criticism may have been justified, Tomlin’s approach was interesting, playing the 2 backs far more than expected, even for the preseason.

“I didn’t view it as punishment to send them home, to not play in this preseason game,” Tomlin said. “I’d rather play them more than anticipated than to remove them from the game, so that’s why we took the stance we took tonight.”

The NFL is expected to review the incident that took place with Blount and Bell before issuing any kind of punishment for the 2 backs.

Based on the stance the NFL has taken in the past with similar incidents, both players are likely to be suspended, with Bell likely facing a stiffer suspension as he was operating the vehicle and underwent a blood test to determine if he was driving under the influence.

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