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Le'Veon Bell | Running Back | #26

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (48) / PIT
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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert declined to provide a timetable on Le'Veon Bell's (groin surgery) recovery.
"Our goal is to have him 100 percent for the 2017 season," is all Colbert would offer. Bell underwent surgery to repair a "core muscle injury" on March 13. Bell's recovery will almost certainly sideline him for all of OTAs, but he should be ready by or early in training camp. 25-year-old Bell has dealt with foot, groin, and multiple knee injuries entering his fifth NFL season. Mar 26 - 3:57 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Le'Veon Bell underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Monday.

The timetable for recovery is around six weeks, which should still allow Bell to participate in OTAs. Of course, the Steelers could also choose to take it easy on their star running back. Scheduled to play under the franchise tag, Bell and the Steelers should work out a long-term agreement before the July 15 deadline.
Mar 13 - 10:45 AM

Le'Veon Bell said he doesn't mind playing under the franchise tag.

Nor should he. Players always prefer the security of a long-term deal, but Bell can't complain about earning $12.1 million, which is easily the highest salary among running backs. NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Thursday that the Steelers and Bell were engaged in "heavy" extension talks. There's a good chance the sides will come to an agreement before the July 15 deadline.
Mar 3 - 1:37 PM

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports the Steelers are "heavy" in long-term talks with franchise player Le'Veon Bell, and there's a "good chance" they "set the market" for running backs.

Adrian Peterson had been the league's highest-paid back at $14 million per year. LeSean McCoy is next at $8.01 million. Bell is currently due $12 million-plus on the exclusive franchise tag. Still somehow only 25, the Steelers could be prepared to take the risk of putting Bell in Peterson range.
Mar 2 - 4:54 PM

Steelers assigned the exclusive-rights franchise tag to RB Le'Veon Bell.

He joins Panthers DT Kawann Short and Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones as 2017's first three franchise-tag wearers. The "exclusive" tag locks Bell into a top-five running back salary ($12 million-plus) and prohibits other teams from negotiating with him. The Steelers plan to lock up Antonio Brown to a long-term deal and let Bell sport the tag, potentially for the entirety of the forthcoming season. Extending Bell isn't a priority after he battled foot and knee injuries his first three years in the league, and served two short suspensions. Still only 25 years old, Bell has averaged 4.88 yards per carry and 143.1 yards from scrimmage per game over the past two seasons. He's neck and neck with David Johnson as the top running back in football, and we'd give the slight edge to Bell.
Feb 27 - 3:54 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Le'Veon Bell hasn't scheduled offseason groin surgery.

As RapSheet notes, Bell very likely would have done so by now had he needed the operation. Just about two weeks ago, Bell was seeking a third opinion on his groin after one doctor suggested he needed surgery and another advised against it. The third was the likely tiebreaker. Bell probably won't do much at spring practices but should be fine well in advance of training camp. Expect the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bell before the March 1 deadline.
Feb 22 - 2:39 PM

Speaking Thursday, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said he has "no reservations" about free agent Le'Veon Bell, and that he hopes Bell retires with the team.

"There is no hesitation for us to have him," Colbert said. "Hopefully, his entire career." Bell indicated last summer he would seek $15 million per year in long-term talks, a number that has likely gone up, and a number that would certainly frighten a modern general manager when considering a running back. Working in Bell's favor is his age (25 on Saturday), and complete dominance whenever he's at full health. The problem, of course, has been his health, as well as his off-the-field issues. The off-the-field concerns probably won't factor into the talks as much as is assumed, as any future suspension would void Bell's guaranteed money.
Feb 16 - 2:21 PM

Free agent Le'Veon Bell is seeking a third opinion on whether he needs groin surgery.

Bell received one medical opinion saying he needs surgery, and another saying he doesn't. The third opinion will be a tiebreaker. Ideally, Bell would heal with rest and rehab. Either way, he should be 100 percent by training camp.
Feb 7 - 11:36 PM

Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell is in the process of determining if he needs offseason groin surgery.

"I'm kind of in the process of seeing a couple of doctors, seeing if I have to get surgery or not," Bell said. "I'm hoping for the best, but I understand it's a tough game. If I don't get surgery, I go into the rehab process, work hard, get back to how I was last year, or actually, better. I'm going to take it from there." Bell was mostly a non-factor in the AFC Championship due to the issue. He's no stranger to injuries and surgeries. It'll play a factor in his contract negotiations.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 12:26 PM

Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team is taking a "long-term" view with free agent Le'Veon Bell.

Rooney believes Bell has "grown" from his suspensions. Bell was otherworldly in 2016, averaging 157 yards from scrimmage and 4.85 yards per carry. Bell has injury and off-field question marks but at very least, he'll be back in Pittsburgh on the franchise tag. A long-term deal, albeit with standard language to protect the Steelers in the event of another suspension, is a strong possibility.
Jan 31 - 4:02 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL is "looking into" whether the Steelers failed to properly list Le'Veon Bell on their injury report for last week's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Coach Mike Tomlin admitted that he knew about Bell's groin issue before he re-injured it during the AFC title game, though Bell never showed up on the injury report. The Seahawks find themselves in a similar bind after failing to report Richard Sherman's MCL injury. All teams are guilty of this deception on some level, making it a difficult rule to enforce. If anything, the Steelers will get a slap on the wrist.
Jan 27 - 4:33 PM

In his year-end press conference, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he knew that Le'Veon Bell was playing with a groin injury down the stretch.

That injury limited Bell to 11 snaps in Sunday's AFC title game. "It was just something to manage," said Tomlin. "I was aware of it, but it wasn't significant to the point where it affected planning or the anticipation of planning in any way." The Seahawks are in hot water for not reporting Richard Sherman's knee injury and it will be interesting to see if the Steelers face a similar backlash. As of now, it looks like Bell should have a normal offseason. Melvin Gordon will replace Bell on the AFC Pro Bowl roster.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 1:39 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed six times for 20 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Bell exited with a left groin injury late in the first quarter. He returned later in the half before leaving again on the same drive. Bell remained in uniform for the duration of the game, though it was pretty obvious he wasn’t coming back in. He ended up playing just 11 snaps while ceding workhorse duties to DeAngelo Williams. It was a disappointing end to a marvelous year for the fourth-year back. Bell is headed for free agency but the Steelers have made it clear they plan to give him the franchise tag if the two sides are unable to reach a long-term deal. You could make an argument for taking Bell first overall in fantasy drafts next summer, though Arizona’s David Johnson is also in that conversation.
Jan 22 - 10:51 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 30 times for 170 yards in the Steelers' 18-16, Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

Bell was the Steelers' main source of offense, though they weren't able to score a touchdown all night, settling instead for six Chris Boswell field goals to advance to the AFC Championship game. Bell showed his trademark patience in the backfield and had 101 rushing yards at halftime. He didn't do much in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs dominating time of possession on one of their two touchdown drives. Bell was also swallowed up on his two catches, totaling minus-four yards on five targets. Against New England in Week 7, Bell rushed 21 times for 81 yards and caught 10 balls for an additional 68 yards. He's a virtual lock to total 100 yards.
Jan 15 - 11:43 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell might be held out of Wednesday's practice, but he is fully expected to play this week.

Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is also expected to be held out, but neither is in any danger of sitting out Sunday's game. Bell saw 23 touches in his first meeting with the Chiefs in Week 4, and he is a good bet to top that number this week.
Jan 10 - 12:21 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Zach Mettenberger
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Fitzgerald Toussaint
3Knile Davis
4Brandon Brown-Dukes
5Gus Johnson
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2Knile Davis
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Fitzgerald Toussaint
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Cobi Hamilton
3DeMarcus Ayers
4Dez Stewart
5Marcus Tucker
WR21Eli Rogers
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Sammie Coates
4Justin Hunter
5Martavis Bryant
WR31Cobi Hamilton
TE1Jesse James
2Ladarius Green
3Xavier Grimble
4David Johnson
5Ryan Malleck
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Jerald Hawkins
3Keavon Milton
LG1Ramon Foster
2Matt Feiler
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Mike Matthews
3Kyle Friend
RG1David DeCastro
2B.J. Finney
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Chris Hubbard
3Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell