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The Eagles aren't the only team with a bit of drama at the running back position.
That drama ratcheted up about eight notches on Wednesday. As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, both Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount of the Steelers were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana:
Bell and Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. Ross Township detective Brian Kohlhepp said traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Stafiej found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana according to police. Bell, 22, was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana. Bell, Blount and the female passenger were arrested and released. All three are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail said Kohlhepp. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.
These charges could eventually lead to discipline from the NFL, but that isn't the only question swirling over the pair.
There's also the matter of how carries will be distributed between the pair in 2014.
No one questions that Bell is the lead back. The question is how much work Blount will siphon from Bell after Blount's career year with the New England Patriots in 2013.
Head coach Mike Tomlin told Dave Richard of CBS Sports that the workload division remains a work in progress:
We're trying to work both guys, but at the same time we want to get them enough extended action that we know them as fatigue sets in. Playing consecutive plays is a big part of that. Both guys are going to get their share but I want both guys to have the lead dog mentality, and in order to have that and do that you gotta see them for spurts of extended period of time. But don't read too much into it, we're just still growing and developing in terms of our division of labor. I like both guys, obviously, and both guys are going to be big components of why we're successful.
Bell himself told Richard that he expects to lose goal-line and short-yardage carries to Blount.
"They probably will do that, that's probably what will happen," Bell said. "He's a big, strong guy, so when they put him in, he's in. We hopefully get that touchdown and I'm glad. I don't care."
With the starters set to see their most work of the preseason this week, Thursday's game against the Eagles was probably the best "preview" we were going to get so far as to how the carries in the Steel City will be divided.
That is, until Wednesday's arrest. Now, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports, Bell did not even make the trip to Philly with the team.
However, according to Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Bell made it to Philly on his own Wednesday night, so we may just get that backfield preview we were seeking after all.