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Le'Veon Bell | Running Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 244
College: Michigan State
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Suspended RB Le'Veon Bell told reporters Wednesday that he "doesn't know" when the NFL will hear the appeal of his three-game ban.
The NFL clearly hasn't made Bell's appeal a priority. Bell confirmed the appeal has not happened yet, and he doesn't know when it will. We're still optimistic the league will reduce Bell's three-game suspension. He's a first-time offender of league policy with a squeaky-clean, high-character track record. Jun 17 - 10:25 PM

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Le'Veon Bell says his right knee is "close" to 100 percent.

It's the second straight month Bell has said he's "close" to full health. It's an interesting admission, as Bell's knee was supposedly only hyperextended after he went down in Week 17. Bell claimed in January that he was at "85-90 percent," but now admits it was closer to 50. Off the field, Bell apologized for his summer 2014 arrest. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person," Bell said. "It's going to make me a better player." Bell is still working to get his three-game suspension reduced.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 5:59 PM

Le'Veon Bell is still hoping to get his three-game suspension reduced.

Part of Bell's plea deal for his DUI and marijuana charge involved community service and classes that got the charges off his record. Perhaps that will gain him some leniency. If not, Bell said he's accepted his punishment and wants to put the incident behind him. For now, expect DeAngelo Williams to operate as Pittsburgh's lead back during a tough Weeks 1-3 schedule (at NE, SF, at STL).
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 10:00 AM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) says he's "getting close" to 100 percent.

Bell wasn't present for this week's voluntary workouts. It's an interesting admission, as Bell's knee was supposedly only hyperextended when he injured it in Week 17. This suggests the ailment was slightly more serious. Either way, Bell will be ready to rock for training camp. The fantasy star has appealed his three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, but owners shouldn't count on seeing him before Week 4 against the Ravens.
Apr 23 - 6:30 PM

NFL suspended Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Bell will be appealing the ruling in an effort to have the suspension shortened. He probably doesn't have a case, as the NFL's new policy states first-time offense DUIs are met with a two-game ban and the extra game then stems from Bell's marijuana charge. So re-draft owners selecting Bell have to realize they'll be without fantasy's best running back for four of 13 regular-season weeks, including the Steelers' bye. We'd still take Bell in the top part of the first round, especially in PPR formats where he's so dominant at a scarce position. DeAngelo Williams was signed this offseason to pick up the slack in the meantime.
Apr 9 - 9:36 AM

Le'Veon Bell faces up to a two-game suspension under the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.

ESPN's John Clayton has previously reported that Bell is expected to get the two-game ban. The suspension stems from an Aug. 20 2014 incident in which Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested when police found roughly three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana in Bell's car. Bell has since entered a first-time offender program, thus essentially pleading guilty to DUI. Blount was hit with a one-game ban Tuesday.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 9 - 9:24 AM

OC Todd Haley confirmed Le'Veon Bell will remain a three-down back.

Unlike LeGarrette Blount 12 months ago, DeAngelo Williams comes to town with the understanding he's a strict backup. The Steelers have no intention of backing off Bell's 23.3 touch per game workload from 2014. "Obviously, Le’Veon is our guy so he’s going to get the majority of the touches on all downs – first, second and third downs," Haley said. "You hate to ever take him off the field. I am a big believer of putting your best 11 guys on the field as many snaps as you can." Bell's monstrous week-to-week floor is sustained by his role in the pass game (83 catches last year, second-most among NFL running backs).
Mar 23 - 9:15 AM

Le'Veon Bell faces a maximum suspension of four games.

Early last month, Bell essentially pled guilty to driving under the influence of marijuana. Under the league's new substance-abuse policy, first-offense DUIs get a two-game suspension. But the policy also says violations of law involving "other substances" exposes the player to a ban of "up to four" games. Marijuana is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania, while alcohol is obviously legal.
Mar 2 - 8:19 AM

Sources tell ESPN's John Clayton that Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season.

Bell was arrested on DUI charges in August of 2014 when police smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle. The case was resolved last week when he was sentenced to 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program. It's the equivalent of a guilty plea, which means he's subject to a two-game ban under the terms of the new DUI policy. Bell's current backup is underwhelming 2014 UDFA Josh Harris, a position that the Steelers must upgrade this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 8:49 AM

Le'Veon Bell was sentenced to 15 months' probation as a result of his August DUI arrest.

Bell was also arrested for possession of marijuana back on that day in August. The DUI is the real concern here because, as stated in the league's new substance-abuse policy, Bell is subject to a two-game ban as a first-time offender. While the league softened its stance against marijuana, it heightened penalties against DUI. With the matter settled in court, commissioner Roger Goodell can hand out his punishment. Bell could be suspended this upcoming season.
Feb 6 - 12:25 PM

Le'Veon Bell said his knee is at about "85-90 percent."

Bell hyperextended his right knee in Week 17 and missed the Wild Card loss to the Ravens as well as the Pro Bowl. He's resumed running on it and should be at 100 percent for the full offseason program. Bell, now entering his age-23 season, is going to push for 370+ touches again in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 10:59 AM

Owner Art Rooney II said he doesn't know whether Le'Veon Bell will be suspended for his August arrest.

Bell was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of marijuana ahead of a preseason trip. The new substance-abuse policy states that a player found legally responsible for DUI faces a two-game suspension. Of course, the NFL's murky personal-conduct policy means no one really knows what will happen with Bell once his case is resolved. As PFT notes, there could be a "make it up as you go along" exception lurking somewhere.
Jan 22 - 10:30 AM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) plans to play in the Jan. 25 Pro Bowl.

Bell missed the Wild Card loss to the Ravens due to a hyperextended right knee, but it's clearly not a long-term concern. Bell established himself as arguably the NFL's best running back in 2014, ranking second in rushing yards (1,361), ninth among RBs in YPC (4.69) and second among RBs in receptions (83). He also scored 11 touchdowns, was a plus in pass protection and graded out fifth in PFF's "Elusive Rating." If drafting for 2015 right now, Bell would be a strong play as the No. 1 overall fantasy pick.
Jan 6 - 8:19 AM

Steelers declared RB Le'Veon Bell, CB Ike Taylor, WR Lance Moore, QB Landry Jones, OL Chris Hubbard, TE Michael Palmer, and DE Clifton Geathers inactive for Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens.

Bell had already been ruled out with his knee injury. Josh Harris will get the start, with Ben Tate and Dri Archer mixing in. Taylor and Moore are healthy scratches.
Jan 3 - 6:58 PM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Ravens.

Ouch. The Steelers aren't wasting any time or playing any mind games. They're getting straight to it and acknowledging they'll have to win without their best player. Bell hyperextended his knee last Sunday night. Josh Harris came on in relief and will now get the start in the biggest game of the season. Look for the Steelers to lean heavily on Big Ben and Antonio Brown. Harris will be backed up by newcomer Ben Tate and rookie Dri Archer in change-of-pace roles.
Jan 2 - 12:47 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
4Tajh Boyd
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Dri Archer
4Josh Harris
5Ross Scheuerman
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Will Johnson
2Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Brelan Chancellor
4Eli Rogers
5Devin Gardner
WR21Martavis Bryant
2Markus Wheaton
3Sammie Coates
4Tyler Murphy
5Shakim Phillips
WR31Markus Wheaton
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3Jesse James
4Rob Blanchflower
5Michael Egnew
K1Shaun Suisham