is reporting that Pittsburg Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop the day the Steelers flew to Philadelphia for their third preseason game.
Ross Township detective Brian Kohlhepp said traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Stafiej found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana according to police. Bell, 22, was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.
Bell, Blount and the female passenger were arrested and released. All three are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail said Kohlhepp. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.
The Steelers were planing on splitting the workload between the two backs this season. The 3rd string back is currently rookie Dri Archer who was selected in the 3rd round of the NFL draft.
Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten released the following statement:
"We are aware of the reports and still gathering information. We will have no further comment at this time."