According to Florio, no one in the know believes Bell has a strong chance to his the appeal, even with neutral arbitration available for substance-abuse and PED violations.
Yesterday, there was some talk that Bell changed phones and never received notice of the drug tests he missed. However, Florio can’t see this holding up.
Bell mentioned on his Instagram account that he is going to win his appeal of the four-game suspension the NFL handed down for hims missing multiple drug tests.
“I am not going to miss games, trust me,” Bell wrote, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m gonna win the appeal…ppl have no idea what happened but don’t worry…let em hate. When I end up missin no games at all, ppl for sure gonna try to love me again and I’m only ridin with my LOYAL fans!!”
Last year, Bell was suspended for the first three games of last season, but this was later reduced down to two games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy after he was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI in the summer of 2014.
Bell, 24, is entering the final year of his four-year, $4,120,600 rookie contract that included a $1,376,800 signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $966,900 in 2016.
Bell wound up missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension before later sustained a season-ending injury.
In 2015, Bell appeared in six games and running for 556 yards on 113 carries (4.9 YPC) to go along with 24 receptions for 136 yards receiving and three total touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Bell and his appeal as the news is available.