Two members of the Steelers backfield were stopped by Ross Township (Pa.) police this afternoon after a police officer smelled marijuana coming from their vehicle.
Running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount are expected to be charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, with Bell likely to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.
The traffic officer, Sean Stafiej, smelled marijuana while stopped at a red light at the intersection of McKnight Road and Braunlich Drive. "As traffic moved forward, he was able to identify the specific car," Ross police Detective Brian Kohlhepp said.
At about 1:30 p.m., Officer Stafiej pulled over a black Camaro, registered to Bell, in the Pool City parking lot and found a bag in the car with approximately 20 grams of marijuana.
Bell, who was driving, Blount, in the passenger seat, and an unidentified female riding in the backseat of the vehicle claimed collective ownership of the marijuana and all are expected to be charged with possession. Citations will likely be mailed out early next week, said Detective Kohlhepp.
Bell was taken to UPMC Passavant, where his blood was tested for marijuana. He is likely to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, pending the results of the blood test.
All three were "cooperative and polite," Detective Kohlhepp said.
The Steelers "are aware of the reports and still gathering information," team spokesman Burt Lauten said. "We will have no further comment at this time."
The Steelers had a midday practice session Wednesday before their flight to Philadelphia for Thursday night's preseason game.
Bell was not on the Philadelphia flight, which typically would depart Pittsburgh around 2:30 p.m. It could not be determined if Blount made the trip.
Bell is in his second season with the Steelers, after being drafted in the second round in April 2013. He was the team's leading rusher last season with 860 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He started 13 games after missing the first three with a foot injury.
Blount is in his first season with the Steelers. He is entering his fifth NFL season after spending his first three seasons with Tampa and last season with New England. He was signed as a free agent this spring.
Ray Fittipaldo and Ed Bouchette contributed.
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