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Le'Veon Bell | RB | Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted: 7/13/2014 3:57pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said training camp and preseason games will determine how the team uses RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer in the running game.
Huddle Up: Bell ranked 12th in the league last season in logging 68.2 percent (244 carries) of the Steelers' rushing attempts -- and that was with the rookie missing 3 full games due to injury. Blount, meanwhile, carried the ball 153 times for the Pats, and then factor in the speedy rookie Archer, so don't be shocked if Bell's percentage of the workload takes a slight dip.

Posted: 7/2/2014 3:17am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell may see at least 300 carries this season, according to a source. Pittsburgh has stated they are committing to the run this season.
Huddle Up: The Steelers haven't finished in the league's top 10 in rushing attempts since 2010, and that, coincidentally or not, was the franchise's most recent season with a playoff win. It might not be an immediate return to the days of yore, but definitely, look for the Steelers to run more than they did a season ago when they finished 25th in rushing plays.

Posted: 1/24/2014 11:02pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell should benefit the most from the zone-blocking scheme new offensive line coach Mike Munchak plans to install. Bell is a patient, yet decisive runner, which is a perfect combination for the scheme.
Huddle Up: Bell would also benefit from some upgrades to the personnel along Pittsburgh's line, as well as the return to health of Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. And if he himself can stay healthy, Bell is looking at some serious fantasy production in 2014.

Posted: 12/5/2013 6:41pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (concussion) is on track to return in Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins from a scary concussion he suffered in Week 13. He has passed all of the league-mandated concussion tests this week and should play this weekend. Bell has practiced both days this week and is expecting a normal workload Sunday against the Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Bell received a few extra recovery days with the the Steelers playing on Thanksgiving so definitely plan on having him available Week 14 at this point.

Posted: 12/4/2013 5:07pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (concussion) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: This is a bit surprising given how badly he was knocked out, but it looks like he might be playing this week. Plan accordingly.

Posted: 12/2/2013 8:46pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (concussion) did some running Monday, Dec. 2, and is hoping to play in Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins after suffering a concussion in the team's Week 13 contest. 'I'm going to take it day by day and see where we're at,' Bell said. 'The goal is obviously to play but if (I'm) not able to I'm not able to.' Bell doesn't remember the hit but hasn't had many lingering effects from the violent collision. He took an ImPACT test Sunday, Dec. 1, and will have to pass more concussion tests before being cleared.
Huddle Up: Bell is coming off one of his best fantasy games (136 total yards, TD) of the season, but his fantasy owners are obviously in for a full week of monitoring status reports coming out of the Steel City.

Posted: 11/29/2013 11:42am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (head) was examined for a possible concussion after their Week 13 game. Bell left the game after a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit late in the fourth quarter.
Huddle Up: If Bell is officially diagnosed with a concussion, he'll need to clear the league-mandated protocols before returning to action. He'll have a couple extra days to do so due to the Thursday game, but Bell owners may need to look into Jonathan Dwyer and/or Felix Jones as insurance.

Posted: 11/28/2013 11:54pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell left in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game with a possible concussion after a hit knocked off his helmet during a goalline carry. He finished with 73 rushing yards and a TD on 16 carries and added 7 receptions for 63 more yards in a 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Bell took a wicked shot, and the league's new helmet-off rule was applied on the replay, denying the rookie his second TD of the game. At least he'll have a few extra days to recover with the Steelers not playing until a week from Sunday.

Posted: 9/29/2013 5:17pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell had 16 carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut in Week 4. He also had four catches for 27 yards.
Huddle Up: This was a nice debut for Bell, who saw a lot of action in his first game back from a foot injury. Perhaps Pittsburgh's woes at running back are over.

Posted: 9/27/2013 3:45pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 27, and is listed as probable for Week 4.
Huddle Up: Bell will likely start on Sunday against Minnesota and finally give the Steelers a legitimate running back option in their backfield. It's time for fantasy owners to get Bell in their lineups.

Posted: 9/25/2013 6:03pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: We don't know if he will play this week, but Bell has been practicing for a little while now. It could happen any time, though the Steelers might ease him back into action with Felix Jones playing relatively well.

Posted: 9/24/2013 2:24pm et
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) is expected to play in the team's Week 4 game in London against the Minnesota Vikings. Bell has progressed ahead of schedule from his injury.
Huddle Up: The 0-3 Steelers need an infusion of something as no fewer than 22 players have rushed for as many or more yards than the Steelers' team total of 155 this season.

Posted: 9/22/2013 12:24am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) is not expected to play Week 3.
Huddle Up: Bell got in some practice time this week but he won't suit up against the Bears. Look for him to possibly be back next week when the Steelers travel to Minnesota.

Posted: 9/19/2013 11:40pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 19. However, Bell doesn't think he'll be able to play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: It's a good sign that Bell is getting more work in but don't look for him to appear in any games for another couple weeks at best.

Posted: 9/19/2013 11:13am et
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he's still in the healing process and will take it slowly to avoid aggravating the injury.
Huddle Up: Bell's timetable has already been pushed back once; don't be surprised if it gets pushed back even further. In fact, with Maurkice Pouncey out for the season the Steelers may opt to sit their prize rookie as well.

Posted: 9/11/2013 12:11pm et
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's injury is now being classified as a Lisfranc sprain, according to a source. The team is now hoping he returns in a month. The Steelers have a bye in Week 5, and they'll play the New York Jets in Week 6, Bell's new projected return date.
Huddle Up: There it is, that nasty Lisfranc rearing her ugly head. Bell's extended time on the sidelines, coupled with the Steelers' loss of Maurkice Pouncey, are beginning to make this look like a lost season for the Pittsburgh rookie.

Posted: 9/3/2013 2:51pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) is not wearing a walking boot and is already doing some jogging. Bell is hoping to return to action in Week 2. 'I'm not going to rush this process. I'm just going to make sure I get back to 100 percent before I do anything else,' Bell said.
Huddle Up: Week 2 is optimistic, but it's good to see Bell progressing quickly. Any playing time before October would be considered a win for those who took a chance on Bell in recent weeks.

Posted: 9/2/2013 3:35pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) said he is targeting Week 2 for his return but will not come back until he is fully healthy.
Huddle Up: This seems a bit optimistic, but Week 2 falls within the 4-6-week range initially given on the prognosis. The Steelers don't have much at running back, so getting Bell at an injury discount might pay off sooner than later.

Posted: 8/28/2013 12:09pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot. His status remains unknown.
Huddle Up: The Steelers are being awfully mum about this injury, but the initial prognosis was he would be out 6-8 weeks. That he is out of his walking boot already is a good sign. If he is out just six weeks from the time he was injured, he will be back by October, which means he will have missed just four games.

Posted: 8/27/2013 4:03pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman is expected to start while RB Le'Veon Bell recovers from his foot injury. RBs Jonathan Dwyer and La-Rod Stephens Howling will serve as the backups.
Huddle Up: Bell, obviously, has all the fantasy upside, but the rest of the backs should be drafted in that order: Redman, Dwyer and Stephens-Howling.

Posted: 8/22/2013 3:17pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has a mid-foot sprain and will not require surgery, despite previous reports.
Huddle Up: That's welcome change of news for fantasy owners of the rookie RB, but now the question is when exactly will he be ready to contribute. Stay tuned . . .

Posted: 8/21/2013 5:53pm et
Updating previous report, Doctors are expecting Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) to miss six to eight weeks because of a Lisfranc injury. The hope is that rest will allow Bell to play this season.
Huddle Up: Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer, come on down! It's hard to believe Bell will be back to full strength once he does recover from the dreaded Lisfranc injury. Neither has much upside, but they are decent late-round fliers in deep leagues.

Posted: 8/21/2013 4:06pm et
Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Steelers believe RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) has a Lisfranc injury but are hoping he will not need surgery. The team will not know if he will need surgery until he gets his second opinion.
Huddle Up: This would be a big blow to Bell and the Steelers, as it could keep him out for a long while. Monitor his situation over the next few days.

Posted: 8/20/2013 10:13am et
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will have an MRI Tuesday, Aug. 20, with a mid-foot sprain.
Huddle Up: If you hear "mid-foot sprain" and think "Lisfranc" and how it disrupted the seasons of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew... well, you're not alone. Hopefully the MRI puts those fears to rest and Bell is back on the field for the start of his rookie campaign.

Posted: 8/20/2013 12:12am et
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie RB Le'Veon Bell left in the first quarter of Monday night's preseason game with a right-foot injury.
Huddle Up: Bell started the game -- his preseason debut after missing the first game with a left-knee issue -- and sits atop the Steelers' RB depth chart, but he lasted only 4 carries (for 9 yards) Monday night before being pulled from the game with the unspecified foot injury. For now, put a big question mark next to Bell on your fantasy draft board until the rookie can stay on the field and start providing some positive results.

Posted: 8/19/2013 3:50pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is expected to play in the team's second preseason game after sitting out the first preseason game with a knee injury.
Huddle Up: Good news for Bell, who looks to solidify his spot as the team's starter. Hopefully he can avoid the injury bug.

Posted: 8/16/2013 4:06pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is participating in practice Friday, Aug. 16 but was not taking part in contact drills.
Huddle Up: It's a good sign after Bell was pulled from practice Thursday after aggravating his injured left knee, but counting on the rookie playing in the team's second preseason contest Monday, Aug. 19 remains iffy.

Posted: 8/15/2013 8:19pm et
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) aggravated his left knee Thursday, Aug. 15, when a teammate hit him in a non-contact drill. Bell didn't take another snap and had his left leg heavily wrapped after practice.
Huddle Up: Not the best of news for the rookie RB who missed the Steelers' opening preseason game because of the knee. He was just elevated to the top of the depth chart, sharing the No. 1 spot with vet Isaac Redman (shoulder stinger) who was also injured Thursday in practice. We haven;t heard the official word, but both backs now have be regarded as highly questionable for the team's second preseason game on Monday, Aug. 19.

Posted: 8/14/2013 10:21am et
The Pittsburgh Steelers list RB Isaac Redman or RB Le'Veon Bell as their first-team running back heading into the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: Motivation for the rookie? Coachspeak? Bell is going off the board in fantasy drafts as an unchallenged feature back, and since most of us have seen Redman play this news isn't going to change that.

Posted: 8/10/2013 7:27pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 10. He had been dealing with a sore knee during practice this week.
Huddle Up: The injury isn't believed to be a major concern, so hopefully Bell will be able to suit up in Pittsburgh's second preseason game. The rookie is still in line to be the Steelers' primary ball carrier and top fantasy back this season.