Le'Veon Bell | RB | Pittsburgh Steelers
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.
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.