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Le'Veon Bell Is Reportedly Facing A 4-Game Suspension For Missing A Drug Test

Pittsburgh Steelers' star running back Le'Veon Bell is reportedly facing a four-game suspension at the start of the NFL season, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. 

Bell, 24, reportedly missed - not failed - a drug test. 

The former Michigan State star was perhaps the best running back in the league last season before getting hurt, totaling 556 yards and three touchdowns through six games. 

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From ESPN:

Sources close to the situation tell me Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL's drug policy. The suspension is the result of a MISSED drug test, not a failed one, and the reason it hasn't yet been announced is that the appeal process is still going on. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, though it's expected that it will be heard before the start of the regular season, meaning that if it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season. Bell was suspended for the first three games of last season (later reduced to two) for a violation of the policy on substances of abuse after he was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI in the summer of 2014.

It was rumored in early June that Bell had either failed or skipped a drug test, though the running back denied those rumors.

If the four-game suspension holds, Bell won't return to the field until Oct. 9 against the New York Jets. 

Pittsburgh opens its season Sept. 12 against the Washington Redskins.