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Le’Veon Bell: ‘I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high’

LeVeon Bell SteelersPittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had to have know he was violating NFL rules when he decided to smoke weed earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean he was aware of all the laws he was breaking. According to the criminal complaint filed at the time of his and teammate LeGarrette Blount’s arrest, Bell said some pretty dumb things to the police.

For starters, Bell seemed to think you could only be arrested for driving while under the influence if you were drinking.

“I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high,” Bell reportedly told police, according to WPXI in Pittsburgh.

And besides, the former Michigan State star wasn’t even high anymore when police pulled his vehicle over. His buzz had worn off.

“I smoked two hours ago,” he said. “I’m not high anymore. I’m perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to make it to my game?”

When the officer asked what game he was referring to, Bell informed him that he plays for the Steelers and needed to catch a flight by 3 p.m.

It should be noted that police described Bell, Blount and the young lady that was with them as “polite and cooperative.” Cooperative, maybe. Uninformed and oblivious? Absolutely.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Le’Veon Bell gets jacked up by DeMeco Ryans (Video)

LeVeon-Bell-jacked-upPittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell made the trip to Philadelphia for a preseason game against the Eagles on Thursday despite being arrested for possession of marijuana on Wednesday. The guy’s such a hero he supposedly bought his own plane ticket. DeMeco Ryans probably made Bell wish he just stayed home.

Ryans absolutely leveled Bell on a pass over the middle of the field in the first quarter, drawing a flag for unnecessary roughness in the process. It looked like Bell could see the hit coming and got T-rex arms, which is why the ball ended up going off his hands. He paid the price anyway.

Fantasy football owners were already nervous about a potential suspension for Bell, though that would likely come later in the season and would probably only be a one-game ban. I’m sure seeing him get lit up like that didn’t make them feel any better.

GIF via SB Nation

Steelers RBs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell arrested together for weed

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LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell are such good teammates they even get arrested together.

Blount, who was signed in the offseason by the Steelers, and Bell, who was a second-round pick of the team in 2013, were stopped after a cop on a motorcycle smelled weed coming from their car.

The officer found a 20-gram bag of marijuana in the car. Both players were charged with misdemeanor possession, while Bell was also charged with DUI.

Last week, Bell talked about his close relationship with Blount. The two were described as “virtually inseparable” during training camp.

“I’m a guy who likes being around that type of personality. I’m an emotional guy, too,” Bell told Pittsburgh reproter Dejan Kovasevic. “It’s kind of crazy, but from the first day he got here, we just kind of jelled. We’re kind of the same. We’re both outgoing. We both joke a lot. And he’s really emotional about the game, same way I am. I’m telling you, man, I’m glad he’s here.”

He omitted the part about them being smoking buddies, too.

LeVeon Bell takes hit to head, leaves game (GIF)

Le’Veon Bell exited the Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game on Thanksgiving night after taking a massive hit to the head by the goal line late in the fourth quarter.

Bell scored on a second-and-goal play, but he was drilled in the head by Jimmy Smith and his helmet came off. Then he smacked his head on the ground after landing in the end zone.

After a review, the touchdown call was overturned because it was ruled Bell’s helmet came off before the ball crossed the plane.

LeVeon Bell hit

Bell was totally dazed on the hit but somehow managed to walk off with some assistance.

GIF via @cjzero
Image via @willbrinson

Ben Roethlisberger questions rookie Le’Veon Bell’s work ethic

Le'Veon-Bell-SteelersPittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell could return from a foot injury on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Early speculation indicated that the rookie would likely be held out at least through the team’s Week 5 bye, so the prospect of Bell playing this weekend makes it seem like he has been working hard and is ahead of schedule. Ben Roethlisberger obviously does not see it that way.

During his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday, Roethlisberger seemed to question Bell’s work ethic.

“Honestly, I have no idea with him,” Roethlisberger said when asked when he expects Bell back, via The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You can’t get a read on him. One day, he’s practicing, one day, he’s not; one day, he’s going hard, the next day, he’s not. I wish I could.

“If he was a guy like Heath Miller that you knew was busting his butt every day to get back there … Le’Veon is a rookie, I don’t know him quite well enough yet. But if he can come back and help us, we’ll take him.”

Miller returned last week after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL during the offseason.

It sounds like Big Ben feels the former Michigan State star could use a little motivation. The Steelers running game has been nonexistent through the first three games of the season. They rank 31st in the league with 51.7 yards per game on the ground. Bell bruised his knee in training camp and was unable to play in Pittsburgh’s first preseason game. He then suffered a minor ligament tear in his foot and has not played since.

Head coach Mike Tomlin expressed more optimism over Bell’s progress than Roethlisberger.

“We are excited about watching him be a full participant this week during the course of practice,” Tomlin said. “We will let that dictate his play, but we are optimistic about his availability.”

The Steelers could certainly use a back who is willing to hit holes and run with a purpose. Frustrations are building and players are barking at their coaches as the team digs itself into a deeper hole. Time will tell if Bell can help them climb out of it.

Le’Veon Bell’s fantasy stock in question because of foot injury

LeVeon Bell SteelersLe’Veon Bell entered training camp looking like he would be one of the top rookie running backs. The Pittsburgh Steelers made Bell the No. 48 overall pick in the draft, and he was the second back taken overall. Even though Pittsburgh has Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, and LaRod Stephens-Howling, Bell looked like he was going to be the lead back and get a large amount of carries this season. All that is not so certain to start the year.

Bell made his preseason debut on Monday night in the Steelers’ game against the Washington Redskins. He rushed for nine yards on four carries before exiting with a right foot injury. The team said he suffered a mid-foot sprain — the same injury Redskins QB Kirk Cousins sustained in the game — and he went for an MRI on Tuesday.

Steelers beat reporter Ed Bouchette tweeted on Tuesday that Bell’s foot injury is not as bad as teammate Matt Speath’s Lisfranc injury, but it’s enough to keep him out “awhile.

Bell was an absolute workhorse in college at Michigan State, which is part of what made him so appealing to the Steelers and fantasy owners. Everyone knew he could carry a load. He carried the ball 382 times (!!!) in 13 games last season, going over the 100-yard mark eight times, including three 200-yard games.

Previously, Bell would have been toward the top of my running back rankings, but the foot injury slides him down a bit. Who wants to take a guy early when the player already is dealing with a foot injury? Dwyer isn’t a long-term answer, but he’s at least good enough to handle plenty of carries if Bell isn’t ready for Week 1. I’m not confident he will be at this point.

UPDATE: Bell will miss 6-8 weeks with his foot injury. Dwyer is probably the recommended pickup.

Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State player furious over pass interference call

Nebraska beat Michigan State 28-24 on Saturday after getting a break on a pass interference call that had the Spartans players fuming after the game.

Michigan State was up 24-21 in the final minute and had the Cornhuskers in a 3rd-and-10 situation at the 20. That’s when the Spartans were flagged for a b.s. pass interference call that had our buddy World of Isaac (who provided the GIF below) up in arms:

Thanks to the b.s. penalty, Nebraska had a first-and-goal situation from the five. They scored two plays later to win 28-24.

Naturally, Michigan State players were fuming on Twitter over the call. Le’Veon Bell, who had 188 yards and two touchdowns, took the refs to task. He sent the tweets below that have since been deleted.

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