(SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is reportedly facing a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance- abuse policy.
NFL.com and ESPN both reported that Bell has been told of his penalty and has decided to appeal. The media outlets also said Bell will also be fined an additional game check.
Bell was arrested last August in a Pittsburgh suburb and was charged with possession of marijuana and driving under the influence. He was admitted into a program for first-time offenders in February as part of a plea agreement.
If he completes the program, the charges will be dropped.
Bell was pulled over by Ross Township Police on Aug. 20, 2014 when an officer said the car smelled of marijuana. Former teammate LeGarrette Blount was also in the car.
Blount was released by the Steelers and signed with New England in November. His marijuana charge was dismissed in February after he completed 50 hours of community service in Boston. However, the NFL still suspended Blount for one game earlier this week.
Bell had a breakout season in 2014. He rushed for 1,361 yards and eight scores while also leading the NFL in receiving yards by a running back with 854 on 83 receptions with three touchdowns.