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Steelers RB Bell denies missing drug test

| Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 5:45 p.m.

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell on Tuesday refuted a report that he missed or failed a drug test.

“I don't know what you are talking about,” Bell said, referring to a radio report citing only “rumor” and accusing him of failing to show for an NFL drug test. If true, Bell would have been facing a suspension from the NFL.

Bell said the report was wrong.

“I am fine,” he said. “I can't keep talking about the drug test. I probably already said too much about it, so I really can't keep talking about it. People are going to say what they want to say on the Internet. It is people who really have nothing to do. I don't get upset or let it bother me.”

The NFL suspended Bell three games — it later reduced the punishment to two — at the start of the 2015 season after he violated the league's drug policy. In August 2014, Bell and former teammate LeGarrette Blount were stopped by Ross police while driving and charged with possession of marijuana.

After appearing in court, Bell entered an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, received 15 months' probation and had his driver's license suspended for 60 days. Bell said he has been clean since.

Bell is coming off knee surgery in November and has yet to participate in full team drills. He attended mandatory minicamp Tuesday after training in Davie, Fla., over the three weeks of organized team activities. Bell took part in the first OTA last month before leaving for Florida.

“I get a lot more one-on-one time because here I can't really do complete stuff yet,” Bell said. “It is better for me.”

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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