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Report: Tomlin Intends On Playing Bell, Blount Against Eagles


The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night on the road and apparently running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will both play in the preseason game just one day after being caught possessing marijuana during a traffic stop in Ross Township.

Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reports that head coach Mike Tomlin intends to play both players against the Eagles as he believes the whole team shouldn’t suffer because of the transgressions of the two players.

Kinkhabwala does add, however, that Tomlin’s decision to play both Bell and Blount “could theoretically be overruled” by general manager Kevin Colbert, but she’s been told by two team sources that the chances of that happening are unlikely.

Blount reportedly flew with the team to Philadelphia after the incident too place while Bell reportedly had to take a later flight at his own expense.

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  • Addison

    Make him smoke a whole carton that’ll teach him.

  • Ryan Roberts

    Good now lets move on

  • SteveM2

    I’m glad to hear that Coach will play Bell and Blount tonight. Let due process take its’ course; it’s time for all the over-reactions to subside, Black & Gold fans.

  • walter mason

    I hope all youse pro-marijuana posters are correct and that nobody cares. I cant imagine the NFL not testing them. Does anybody know how often players are randomly tested?

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Its random meaning it can happen randomly there’s no set schedule.

  • Steelers12328882

    lol

  • walter mason

    Once a month, once a year? Once every 2 years? Any idea how random?

  • steeltown

    This will be a long process

  • SteelCitysFinest

    I’m a little surprised but I’m glad Tomlin didn’t get too crazy with punishment, after all a little weed never hurt anyone.

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Probably depends on the player and other variables. I would think rookies and trouble makers get more often than say Peyton Manning. I would think every few months but I’m only speculating.

  • walter mason

    Im a little surprised too. He benched Keenan Lewis for less.

  • cencalsteeler

    Ian Rappaport just tweeted both Blount and Bell boarded the planes with doctors notes saying they have cataracts. All is good!….lol

  • RayRay

    third preseason game is important need to have all these playing to get some continuity, bench them for the last preseason game

  • bustedknuckles

    Sounds good. Business as usual. Let’s go out shoot out the birds. Here we go.

  • cencalsteeler

    Maybe Tomlin will make them run extra laps around the backstops after practice.

  • SteelCitysFinest

    And Mendenhall.

  • http://www.facebook.com/STEELMANIAC STEEL MANIAC

    We need Bell and Blount for the entire season. Losing them early-on for however long may screw our playoff chances in the end. So yes, this does piss me off! I have nothing against weed at all, but there are certain states that don’t allow it for recreational use as of yet and even if Pennsylvania allowed it, it would still be illegal to use it while driving a motor vehicle. These guys need to use common sense. Just because you’re an NFL star does not put you above the law.

  • Crowned

    “Whole team shouldn’t suffer”… I’ll save this to call him a hypocrite as soon as the 1 game suspensions handed down from the team are announced.

  • bustedknuckles

    Maybe the intense scrutiny, embarrassing stories, and all the negativity from the internet high horsers is punishment enough. Let’s go play some Pittsburgh Steelers football!

  • 2443scott

    i am guessing the nflplayers assoc. might of played into this because other teams have played players in preseason …so steelers might not of wanted to rock the boat ….but once reg season gets here the hammer will fall…..but now i think this might effect the game plan because both these guys heads wont be on the game but this mess they made of there career and life …plus how can they look into there team mates eyes knowing the messed with there shot at a superbowl

  • joed32

    For losing his temper on the field.

  • joed32

    I don’t remember Cowher benching Marvel Smith when he go busted for possession.

  • bustedknuckles

    So you are looking forward to going backwards? That is the textbook definition of negativity my friend. Look forward to moving forward. Positive.

  • Rob H

    I agree, but I have to admit that I’m surprised. When I first heard about it I thought the backlash and attention would be a lot worse. USA Today doesn’t even have it listed in it’s top 20 sports stories, there is nothing about it on the Philly sports sites. I think outside of Pittsburgh this is going to be be pretty much forgotten by the time the season starts

  • RASTA

    Calm down dude, they and the Steelers will be fine after this extremely minor transgression. Wouldn’t even be an issue if they were a Seahawk, a Bronco, or soon a Redskin. Go Steelers!

  • Taylor20

    Being in such great shape I’m sure it exits their system quickly….that plus some remedies, I’m sure could have them easily clean before the NFL tests

  • Taylor20

    I’m still trying wondering why the female in the car didn’t say it was hers. I’m sure they could have given her a little insentive…

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Tomlin is likely playing them so it doesn’t hurt Ben and the rest of the offense tonight. How is Ben supposed to run play action without his starters? Is he going to drop back every time and let the Eagles blitz all night? How is the line supposed to work on opening up running lanes without a top back who knows the playbook and isn’t a liability?

    Because it’s too late to change the game plan, he let’s them play. But I believe the hammer will still come down on these two.

  • Steelers12328882

    Dude, that’s just wrong.

  • Steelers12328882

    I wonder if Ryan Clark was talking about Bell when he snitched?

  • Jeff

    I like Tomlin’s approach here. Sitting Bell and Blount would affect their approach to the whole game, and doing that the same day as game day could negatively affect other guys trying to earn a job.

  • Steelers12328882

    I can’t wait to hear the announcers if either Bell or Blount makes a mistake on the field tonight.

  • Taylor20

    I would have taken the charge if they offered me some cash. By insentive I mean cash. Geez! lol

  • Steelers12328882

    Me too lol, but it’s still wrong.

  • Jeff

    Being that they were all high as a kite, they probably didn’t think that far ahead or consider the chance of being caught…. haha

  • Taylor20

    lets just hope they drag this out in court, and the league takes until 2015 to dicipline them! knuckleheads none the less

  • Jeff

    I wonder what Mendenhall does with his free time now, haha…. He’s probably working on his first and only failing book on government conspiracies.

  • Steelers@2010

    Not! It will not be forgotten nor should it be. I’m sure there will be some form of punishment handed down by the team, as there should be. Those guys are professional football players, they should not be that selfish.

  • Steelers@2010

    From what I’ve read in the past, they know when they will be tested.

  • charles

    You never saw Sweed play then and you don’t care about Adams having to be shown techniques twenty or thirty times and he still doesn’t get it.

  • cencalsteeler

    They have methods of beating the test given enough notice or if they implement a “cleanse” on a regular basis to stay one step ahead of them.

  • charles

    He cut our best player from the SB with Dallas, Bam Morris.

  • SteveM2

    She did, according to this morning’s Pgh. Post-Gazette, claim the contraband as hers.

  • cencalsteeler

    Makes sense. Look, Tomlin realizes 70% of NFL players smoke weed. And yes, it has become more accepted in society these days. They made a bonehead mistake by their decision making on the timing of the incident. Smoking weed in the NFL is like the high school kid sneaking his girlfriend out the window… you know it’s happening, just don’t get caught. Unfortunately, these guys tried sneaking the girls out in the middle of the day while daddy was home, no bueno.

  • SteveM2

    …plus, If I might add, DWB and RWB.

  • richheddleson

    They wont be suspended this season. Any suspension will happen next season. See Dwayne Bowe who was arrest Nov 2013, and is suspended wk 1. Another player was arrested 8-18-13, and also is suspended Wk 1 2014.

  • James Wilson

    So, we get to see Cheech & Chong play tonight..

  • Rob H

    Exactly what kind of punishment do you think the players association will allow, especially if it’s a first offense ? Personally I think they are complete tools for doing what they did (mostly how they did it), but if you are going to suspend every player for being stupid and selfish you won’t have enough people to field a team
    The receiver from K.C. got one game for his second offense, and that came a year after the incident.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    “Well, THAT play went up in smoke.”

  • rayster

    Tomlin in the shower before getting on the plane to Philly (in a deep singing voice): “Ahh…doobie-doobie-doo….”

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s the best nickname for these guys! Best part is they earned it! I’d say Bell is Cheech and Blount is Chong?!

  • Matt Manzo

    That still hurts.

  • Pete Johnson

    The (double) standard is the (double) standard.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    They will probably be suspended week 1 of the regular season by Tomlin. I would like to see what some of the other backs can do with the 1’s tonight though. I hate the argument that a little weed never hurt anyone. As of now it is still illegal in almost all states (think of the lives ruined because of the drug war),it is a DUI for Bell, and the NFL still has it banned! They are deliberately breaking the law, the rules from the NFL that pays them big money, and were taking the chance of hurting their team. Not to mention they let down thousands of fans with children who wear their jerseys and look up to them. They deserve a 1 game suspension, even if it hurts our chances against Cleveland. Maybe it will knock some sense in them. Later

  • Hypo Cycloid

    I don’t think his punishment has come yet. I bet they get suspended 1 regular season game by Tomlin. And yes, a little weed has hurt a lot of people, and will continue to as long as it is illegal.

  • Aric Brown

    Josh Gordon and Ray Rice are playing preseason… y not our guys

  • PA2AK

    Point is, they are making cuts after this game…THAT is what he is getting at. It’s even part of his quote above…

  • Aric Brown

    I am a non smoker but a lot of my co workers are everyday smokers and my job does randomdrug tests every 2 weeks… most of them carry around a small bottle of synthetic urine that they purchased online… nobody has been fired yet

  • whisn

    this has been handled pretty well by the organisation, i think the embarrassment felt by them over the next few days will be enough to stop them pulling the same trick again.

  • Yiz

    Ed Bouchette wrote, “As it is, the fact they will be charged with marijuana use/possession – even if they are not convicted later – subjects both to be placed into the NFL’s drug intervention stage and to career-long random testing throughout the year. Players who have not entered that stage are subject to drug tests just once from April through early August and not thereafter.”

  • Still_JPDQ

    Nameless generic TV analyst: “The Pittsburgh Steelers are finally getting back to the Pittsburgh Steeler football of old. Three yards in a cloud of… well, a cloud.”

  • Axe Skot

    Why should it matter? It’s not like it gives some competitive advantage, unless you’re McClendon and you need to bulk up to play nose.

  • Mark

    LOL

  • Mark

    She did. All three got charges.

  • Mark

    If you thought Tomlin would have dealt a harsh punishment your head is obviously firmly planted in your “Colbert”. CAN”T WAIT for the season! Definitely a turn around year for the old Black & Gold…..

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Did it ever occur to you that Sweed suffered from mental illness and that had a lot to do with his struggles? Also, Adams was raw coming out of school, we all knew that. Its easy to blame pot but I think you are overlooking the facts.

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Writing a book and smoking the ganja that sounds about right lol.

  • walter mason

    I am also randomly tested once every 3 months. However there are 2 types. Observed and unobserved. Its hard to beat the observed type of urine test. Also marijuana stays in your system for over a month as compared to opiates only 3 days are needed to show clean.

  • walter mason

    Why should what matter?

  • joed32

    How many pounds of the stuff was in his trunk? That wasn’t possession, he was a big time dealer.

  • walter mason

    Marijuana will show dirty in the urine for over a month, I believe. Thats not considered quick. Its a real problem for pot smokers that are tested. I dont pay attention to it because Im always clean.

  • walter mason

    If they stop now they should be clean in a month or so,

  • walter mason

    That might work. You can buy kits on eBay even the urine too,

  • mlc43

    This is an excellent point. The punishment will be taken care of in the regular season. No reason to punish the whole team during the evaluation process.

  • Jeff

    Good point.

  • steeltown

    Exactly, no one really cares about playing the preseason that wont do much in the way of punishment or setting an example. It has to be done in the regular season.

    I like what Herm Edwards said, he’d sit Bell for game 1 and then sit Blount in week 2 of the regular season.

  • pat

    I think id rather have both miss game 1 and both be there on a short week in Baltimore id rather have both for Baltimore and neither on for Cleveland than one and one

  • steeltown

    I could see that

  • Aric Brown

    Not just the evaluation process, but it is to my understanding that week 3 in the preseason is “dress rehersal” and we need our actual players that will be playing in the regular season games to be out there

  • Virdin Barzey

    Thoroughly disappointed in Bell. Claims he wants to be great, yet this kind of stuff flies in the face of that admission. I wouldn’t play him but Tomlin’s choice. Unfortunately, I doubt there is anyone on this team that would get in his face but someone on the team should. Ben should be the one but I doubt he will. This just put him on a real thin leash with me.

  • Dan

    Can’t issue punishment till the blood test comes back and the possession issue is confirmed. Presumably there are suspensions in store for both, hopefully it can be worked out somehow where both are not out at the same time, e.g. one appeals the other doesn’t. Nontheless the original fact remains that they are severe idiots. Hard to imagine how they could do such a thing at this time.

  • walter mason

    Slipped on a roach?

  • Taylor20

    I meant for her to take the entire blame

  • Taylor20

    with seeing how shredded Le’Veon is, I would expect his metabolism to be at a high level. Probably flushes it out lower. Would be interesting to see how high the count is on the hospitals sample. I just read an article on my local Seattle news that the WA state legal limit is 5 nanograms for driving impaired. (obviosuly in PA its still illegal though)

  • Mark

    I think she tried to say it was her weed. Pretty hard to convince the cops she blew smoke in to both of their mouths by force though. LOL

  • Mark

    Serious vet players should really be hammering them about this. I mean really, this is a big hit to the season.

  • cencalsteeler

    Virdin, I agree with you completely. But, don’t be fooled by what persona these guys put up in front of being interviewed. They are trained at saying the right things. What you see on camera and what you see off camera may be be two totally different things. I’m not saying these guys put on fronts, but maybe I am.

  • Dave Clifton

    If they are found guilty I like what Tony Dungy suggested, That Bell be de-activated for the 1st game and Blount be deactivated for the second game so that the rest of the team and the fans don’t have to suffer for two’s bad choices. This was based on the idea that it was Bell’s 1st offense of any kind. and I am sure that there will be some sort of team imposed fine to go along with the de-activations as well. Hey sounds good to me :)

  • cencalsteeler

    Bell and Blount are best “buds”

  • CodeNameJerk

    Imagine the sh*t storm it would create if Colbert overruled him.

  • Toddy Bravo

    That’s not true at all. That would be the case if punishment is imposed based on the substance abuse policy, but the League can impose a penalty based on the personal conduct policy without any charges whatsoever (as #7 and all Steeler fans are painfully aware).

  • cencalsteeler

    And here I thought they were always barbequing on the open end of the stadium.

  • Doogie

    I worry more about the DUI than the possession charge. That shows more problematic attitude or lack of common sense. But Bell is young. There were 2 Blunts in the car at the arrest, get it?? when I was that age, pot was a $50 fine if anything, most time they made you trash the joint and never checked for more. But I was never caught driving and smoking. Pot should be legal, but driving under the influence shouldnt be. Stay home and get stoned, dont drive around town smoking a joint for pete’s sake..

  • johnhoien

    Really stupid, hopefully does not hurt play off chances in 2015

  • 8forty

    Agree it shouldn’t matter, but it’s in the rules and they knew it. Stupid to risk millions of dollars on something like that.

  • Virdin Barzey

    You’re right. I followed him at Michigan State and even looked at his facebook page back then. Seemed like a good kid with his head on his shoulders. Came in last year and did fairly well as a rookie. Like what I saw and looked like he came to camp in great shape determined to take a step forward. Then this mess. He better get it together quickly because Steelers Nation has no time for this garbage.

    Are you about getting the next Lombardi or not? That would be the question I have for him. Otherwise you have to go. Period. I’m not saying to cut him but somebody better find out if this was just a one time goof or he needs to get his mind right.

  • steelster

    Remember we lost the season opener last year to the lowly titans without a decent starting rb. Better off to suspend them at different times.

  • cencalsteeler

    An ounce of weed and driving lit up? I doubt this is his first go around. Most first timers are holed up in a basement, paranoid, while their friends are laughing uncontrollably at them.

  • frednash

    yah because Marvel would have sat on him!

    lol

  • charles

    Yeah, but didn’t Bam say that he was just carrying for the other guy that was in his car when they got caught? LOL.

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