Steeler’s RBs arrested for pot
Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were taken into custody Wednesday after a police officer found approximately 20 grams of marijuana in their car.
Bell and Blount, the team’s starter and backup at running back, were pulled over at about 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday when the motorcycle officer smelled marijuana. Both admitted that the pot belonged to them.
Detective Brian Kohlhepp of the Ross Township (Pa.) Police Department told NFL.com that he expects marijuana possession charges to be filed. Bell could also be charged with driving under the influence.
Bell was driving a black Camaro, which included an unidentified female passenger. Police said all three were cooperative and released.
“We are aware of the reports and still gathering information,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
Once the case is resolved, Bell and Blount could face disciplinary action from the NFL under the league’s substance abuse policy.
Bell, selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, rushed for 860 yards and eight touchdowns on 244 carries as a rookie last year.
Blount signed with the Steelers during the offseason after rushing for 772 yards and seven touchdowns on 153 carries last year with the New England Patriots.
The Steelers play in Philadelphia against the Eagles in a preseason game on Thursday night.
Brian Hoyer was named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh.
Hoyer picked over Manziel
First-year head coach Mike Pettine picked Hoyer, who started both of the Browns’ preseason games, over rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel.
“Like I said all along, it’s been my mentality this whole offseason, training camp to come out here and act like the starter and be the starter,” Hoyer said Wednesday. “So now that it’s official we can just move on.”
While Hoyer has only four career starts — and went 3-0 with the Browns before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2013 — his biggest advantages were experience and leadership.
“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Pettine said.
The Browns want Manziel to get more time in an NFL offense before asking him to beat NFL defenses.