Pittsburgh Steelers fans can breath a sigh of relief. For now.
All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell denied rumors of a potential substance abuse violation.
"I am fine," Bell explained to the media on Tuesday. "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."
Rumors started swirling over social media Tuesday after a report came out alleging the 2014 AFC Co-Offensive Player of the Year of failing or missing an NFL mandated drug test.
"People are going to say what they want to say on the Internet," Bell reasoned. "It is people who really have nothing to do. I don't get upset or let it bother me."
Bell has a history of drug use. He was arrested with then-teammate LeGarrette Blount for marijuana possession in 2014 and had to serve a two-game suspension in 2015 as a result. A new drug violation would potentially lead to a longer suspension for Bell in 2016.
Pittsburgh's potent offense will already be playing a man down this year. Wide receiver Martavis Bryant will be forced to sit the entire season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Despite the strong play of backup DeAngelo Williams, the Steelers cannot afford to lose Bell's production if they hope to compete for the top spot in the AFC.
On top of his off-the-field issues, the fourth-year back has also missed significant time due to injury. Bell was sidelined for the second half of the 2015 season after he underwent surgery to repair his torn MCL. The Steelers are optimistic about his recovery, Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley went so far as to say he was "good as new." Based on the practice video above and the Vine below, we tend to agree with his assessment.