Le'Veon Bell | RB | Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted: 4/9/2015 1:14pm et
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check Thursday, April 9 after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.
Huddle Up: Bell might be able to get the suspension knocked down to two games, but those fantasy GMs willing to use a high first-round pick on the RB might have to make do without their top pick for almost a fifth of the regular season if the penalty stands. That also means that newly signed DeAngelo Williams is the early favorite to open the season as the Steelers' starting RB. Start adjusting your draft board accordingly.
Posted: 4/7/2015 7:48pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season, according to sources. Bell is being suspended following an arrest last August for marijuana possession. Bell will be involved in a first-offender's program in which he will spend 15 months on probation. Bell faces a two-game suspension based on the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.
Huddle Up: This will keep the Steelers' stud from going with the overall No. 1 pick in many drafts this summer, but rest assured he won't fall too far with visions of his 2,215-yard, 11-TD 2014 showing still fresh.
Posted: 3/2/2015 6:31pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could be suspended up to four games, according to the NFL's new substance-abuse policy. A two-game suspension is standard for a DUI resulting from the use of alcohol. However, Bell's DUI came from marijuana use, so he could be suspended for a longer period of time.
Huddle Up: Interesting to see how this one plays out, as it will be setting a precedent for future similar cases. Plan on Bell missing two games; if he misses a month, it will be that much more difficult to make him a top fantasy pick.
Posted: 2/11/2015 8:13pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana charges, according to sources. Bell will spend 15 months on probation as part of the first-offender's program and will have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. RBs Josh D. Harris and Ben Tate took over when Bell missed the team's playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Will an immediate two-game ding bump Bell out of the first round? That's a little more than 15% of most fantasy seasons. Look for Pittsburgh to find a better short-term fix than the Harris/Tate combo. And didn't LeGarrette Blount get arrested with Bell? Will his move to the Patriots allow him to miss out on the suspension? Asking for a friend...
Posted: 2/6/2015 1:39pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will spend 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program after his arrest last August for marijuana. He will also have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. Bell can petition the court to have his arrest record expunged if he finishes the probation program without incident. Defense attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. said that Bell will likely face up to a two-game NFL suspension.
Huddle Up: Hmmmm -- something to definitely keep an eye on as a 2-game ban could be enough to knock Bell out of the No. 1 overall slot in fantasy drafts next summer.
Posted: 1/29/2015 4:03pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has been able to work out despite ending the season with an injured knee. 'The knee is close to 100 percent,' Bell said. 'I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little.'
Huddle Up: With the whole offseason still to come, Bell will be fine and will be a worthy selection as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts next summer.
Posted: 1/6/2015 2:04pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's knee injury isn't expected to affect his offseason work. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Bell could have played this weekend if the team had advanced.
Huddle Up: Bell, who rolled up 2,215 yards from scrimmage and scored 11 TDs in his second season, will be the No. 1 overall pick in many re-draft leagues next summer.
Posted: 1/2/2015 2:40pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been ruled out for the team's Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Jan. 3. The Steelers are 0-3 and have averaged 14 points per game when Bell has not been in the lineup over the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: As feared, the AFC's yards from scrimmage leader will be a Saturday-night spectator, leaving the Steelers' RB duties to rookies Josh Harris and Dri Archer and the newly-signed Ben Tate.
Posted: 1/1/2015 4:25pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 1.
Huddle Up: That's two straight missed practices for Bell, but it's not completely unexpected as the final status decision on the RB might go all the way up to game time Saturday night.
Posted: 12/31/2014 4:41pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he is feeling great, and is not walking with any discernible limp Wednesday, Dec. 31. Bell said he is taking it day by day.
Huddle Up: Bell suffered a hyperextended knee in the regular season finale. While the injury looked pretty bad when it happened this is positive news with regards to his availability for the Steelers' playoff game this weekend.
Posted: 12/30/2014 1:08pm et
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is likely out for the Wild Card Round playoff game Saturday, Jan. 3, in the opinion of Jason La Canfora.
Huddle Up: It's certainly going to be tough for Bell to play on a short week, and a combo of Josh Harris, Dri Archer and, possibly, Ben Tate (if he's signed) could be in the offing Saturday night against the Ravens.
Posted: 12/30/2014 2:13am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) didn't suffer ligament damage to his knee, an MRI exam confirmed Monday, Dec. 29, according to a source. However, it'll prove difficult for Bell to play in the wild card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, depending on how he feels.
Huddle Up: Sounds like a hyperextended knee for Bell, which long-term is excellent news. The more immediate concern is his availability for the Steelers' playoff game against Baltimore this weekend, and at present Pittsburgh remains optimistic as to his chances of playing.
Posted: 12/29/2014 9:24am et
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) does not appear to have any structural damage in his knee, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Big sigh of relief from the Steelers, as well as the fantasy community worried that next season's top pick might already be dealing with a question mark. We'll learn quickly how healthy he really is, as the Steelers host Baltimore Saturday evening in the first round of the playoffs.
Posted: 12/14/2014 8:50pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has 2,043 total yards this season, eclipsing the team record of 2,034 previously held by former RB Barry Foster.
Huddle Up: Bell is arguably the best all-around running back in the NFL right now. He's the favorite to be the first overall selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Posted: 12/2/2014 4:35pm et
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is the only player with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards this year, but head coach Mike Tomlin isn't concerned about overworking the team's running back the way QB Ben Roethlisberger is. 'I'm not overly concerned about that,' Tomlin said. 'He's a highly conditioned guy, he's a mentally tough guy. Personally I think he's built for it. He's excited about having an opportunity to do that for us.'
Huddle Up: Only DeMarco Murray (288) and LeSean McCoy (243) have more rushing attempts, and only Matt Forte (78) has more receptions that his 65. But, hey, if the Steelers aren't concerned about the RB's workload, there's no way his fantasy owners should be -- especially since he's made it this far without issue. Keep saddling Bell up and riding him through the fantasy playoffs.
Posted: 11/20/2014 10:07am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will receive as many carries as he can handle, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Huddle Up: With the release of LeGarrette Blount the Steelers are thin at running back, but Bell has handled large workloads before and fantasy-wise now there's no risk of someone sniping him at the goal line.
Posted: 11/18/2014 12:31am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell rushed 33 times for 204 yards and a touchdown while catching 2 passes for 18 yards Monday, Nov. 18 in a 27-24 road win over the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Bell added to his already strong season by hitting career highs in rushing yardage and attempts on the cold night in Nashville and even added his second rushing score of the year. The RB now has 1,435 total yards through 11 games and has become one of fantasy's true giants in only his second season. The only bad news for his owners is that the Steelers have their bye in Week 12.
Posted: 10/21/2014 1:26am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell rushed 12 times for 57 yards and caught 8 passes for 88 yards and a TD Monday, Oct. 20 in a 30-23 win over the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Thanks to his career-high 8 catches for 88 yards -- also matching a career single-game best -- Bell totaled 145 yards from scrimmage and now has at least 105 in every game this season. His fantasy owners, though, were probably the most pleased to see him find his way into the end zone for the first time since Week 1.
Posted: 10/15/2014 10:22am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Oct. 15, on marijuana possession and driving under the influence chargers. That means he and his attorney acknowledge police have enough evidence for the charges to go to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, where Bell must either plead to all or some of the charges or stand trial.
Huddle Up: There certainly seems to be a preponderance of evidence in this case; fantasy owners have to hope the wheels of justice spin slowly enough that Bell's suspension doesn't come down at a critical juncture of the fantasy season. Is Marshawn Lynch's lawyer available?
Posted: 10/9/2014 5:56pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell wasn't the focus of the offensive in the Week 5 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw nine passes, was sacked twice and didn't hand the ball off once in the red zone in the game. Bell ran for 82 yards on 15 carries in the game, and he has 460 yards this year. "I feel like a lot of runners in the NFL: the more they get the ball, the more they get into a rhythm," Bell said. "The better (rhythm) I get, the game kind of slows down for you. You get into kind of a zone, as people will say."
Huddle Up: Bell had a season-high 21 rushes and 6 catches for 197 total yards in the season opener against the Browns, and look for the Steelers to go to the well again this Sunday in Cleveland.
Posted: 9/2/2014 10:39pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will not have his role reduced much this season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. When asked if he could see Bell getting 20 to 25 touches a game this season, Tomlin said, 'I think we drafted him with that in mind.'
Huddle Up: Despite the signing of LeGarrette Blount and all the accompanying fantasy speculation, the second-year Bell remains a clear-cut RB1. Deploy him as such in your fantasy lineups, and don't think twice about it.
Posted: 8/27/2014 10:10am et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will not be suspended or rendered inactive by the team following his preseason arrest. The collective bargaining agreement doesn't allow the team to suspend players for violations of the drug policy.
Huddle Up: The Steelers found a way to discipline Santonio Holmes for a similar offense a couple years ago, but perhaps the league has closed that loophole. The upshot is that Bell owners have little reason to worry about him missing game action any time soon related to his recent arrest.
Posted: 8/26/2014 8:39pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play in the team's final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Starters normally don't play in the final preseason game, perhaps indicating this could be part of the punishment the two face for being charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Bell and Blount are still awaiting a decision on possible suspensions.
Huddle Up: Wow, getting sent out to play in a meaningless exhibition finale is certainly a punishment, but it could backfire on the Steelers and the backs' fantasy owners if either gets hurt.
Posted: 8/21/2014 10:20pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell started against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night as he waits for a possible suspension after being charged for driving under the influence and marijuana possession.
Huddle Up: Both Bell and LeGarrette Blount played in the contest, and any discipline talk is likely going to be pure speculation until the legal process runs its course.
Posted: 8/21/2014 3:41pm et
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell traveled on his own for the team's third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bell did not travel on the team charter after he was arrested for driving under the influence and marijuana possession Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Sources have told ESPN that Bell and fellow arrestee LeGarrette Blount will play in Thursday night's preseason game in Philly, but see for yourself tonight on NFL Network. Bell, by the way, is the 10th RB currently going off the board with an ADP of 22, and his 2014 season isn't likely to be comprised -- at least by an NFL suspension -- by his arrest.
Posted: 8/20/2014 8:15pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after the traffic stop Wednesday.
Huddle Up: The two reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana on them. Bell and Blount could face a league suspension once the case is resolved but that may not be until after the 2014 season. We'll have to see what happens in the coming days but as of right now, Bell and Blount's fantasy value may not be affected this season.
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.