The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The new substance-abuse policy imposes a two-game suspension for a first-offense DUI. By landing on probation for a July 2014 DUI arrest arising from marijuana use, Bell is expected to be suspended for two games. But there’s a catch that could result in a doubling of Bell’s expected punishment.
Diehards Line: According to PFT's Mike Florio, the new substance-abuse policy makes a two-game suspension the standard penalty for a DUI arising from alcohol use. For violations of the law involving other substances of abuse, a first offense exposes the player to a suspension of “up to four” games. Florio went on to note it's unclear whether the NFL will give Bell, who becomes the test case for the new substance-abuse policy, four games, three, two, or fewer. The prior substance-abuse policy also exposed players to a suspension without pay of “up to four” games for violations of the law for substances other than alcohol. Still, it would be a surprise if Bell gets less for DUI-marijuana under the new policy than he would get for DUI-alcohol under the new policy. But don’t be surprised if he gets more, especially since alcohol is legal in Pennsylvania and marijuana currently isn’t. ... Stay tuned.