By Shawn Hakimi
For someone whose supposed to be taking ice baths frequently, Le’Veon Bell finds himself in hot water far too much. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is facing the possibility of yet another suspension to start the 2016 season after reportedly missing – not failing – a league mandated drug test.
Violations pertaining the league’s substance abuse policy automatically results in a four-game ban, yet no definitive ruling has been made as the appeal process is ongoing, likely to be heard before the start of the regular season and a ruling rendered.
Bell served a 2-game suspension to begin the 2015 season after an appeal reduced it from three games to two. His draft status in 2015 was for the most part unaffected for fantasy owners who believed his value the rest of the season outweighed a two game hiatus. Unfortunately for Bell and those people who selected him in the first round, Bell only played in six games last year after suffering a season ending knee injury.
Although he will likely miss a few games, Bell is still very much a first round selection. According to those close him, Bell’s recovery is well on track and this might give him a little more time to solidify that knee. Anyone willing to take Bell would be wise to handcuff him with his counterpart, DeAngelo Williams, who ran with Bell’s role almost seamlessly. Be sure to check back with fantasyhaus for the latest as this story develops.