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.
Police said Thursday misdemeanor charges would be filed.
Bell and Blount, the team's starter and primary 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 and subitted to a blood test.
Speedy but short Kent State rookie Dri Archer is expected to play a bigger role. Blount and Bell are not expected to play. Another rookie, undrafted Indiana running back Stephen Houston, could also sneak into the picture Thursday despite only a few practices with the Steelers. Houston was recently waived by the New England Patriots.
Bell was initially left at home by the Steelers, who travel to Philadelphia for a preseason game Thursday. But Bell opted to pay his own freight to join the team.
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.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun