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Le'Veon Bell | Running Back | #26

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 244
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (48) / PIT
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Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) tweeted a gif of himself dunking on Monday.
It was a fairly routine dunk -- or at least Bell made it look easy -- but we'll take whatever info we can get regarding his knee recovery. The gif of Bell dunking can be viewed at the link below. Bell recently underwent blood-flow restriction therapy designed to "get the leg back to the strength it needs to be." The Steelers have still put no timetable on Le'Veon's return. Apr 25 - 3:48 PM

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Le'Veon Bell is undergoing "blood-flow restriction" therapy as he rehabs last year's MCL and PCL tears.

Bell is working with Owens Recovery Science, which uses blood-flow restriction (BFR) aimed at strengthening core leg muscles "during what's considered a lengthy rehab process." The treatment "helps get the leg back to the strength it needs to be," according to facility owner Johnny Owens. Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has utilized the same treatment. Bell still has no timetable for return, but the Steelers are hopeful he'll be back for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 14 - 2:32 PM

Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) has been cleared to begin running.

Bell posted a video on his Twitter account showing him running on a treadmill. The Steelers have been noncommittal on Bell's availability for Week 1, but the clearance is a big step in his recovery. Bell suffered a torn MCL and PCL November 1.
Mar 1 - 11:58 AM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert was noncommittal when asked at the NFL Combine whether Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) will be ready for Week 1.

Bell is recovering from surgery on both his MCL and PCL. PCL injuries can be even more tricky and subject to setbacks than ACL tears. "We can't even say he'll be ready for the regular season because we won't know that until he goes through the whole process," Colbert said. "His health and his ability to return at 100 percent is the most important." As of February 6, Bell had not yet been cleared to resume running. His injury occurred on November 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 1:57 PM

Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) has not yet been cleared to run.

Bell tore both his MCL and PCL early in November. Bell is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he is facing a tricky recovery which could linger longer than expected. Bell's recovery will be a hot topic throughout the offseason. Medical experts consider Le'Veon's injury more severe than an ACL tear.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 11:31 AM

Steelers president Art Rooney hopes to lock up 2016 contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell long term.

Rooney also said Bell doesn't have anything to prove after suffering major injuries in each of his first three NFL seasons. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette has postulated the Steelers won't make a "break-the-bank" offer to Bell this offseason as he recovers from right MCL and PCL surgery. Three weeks shy of his 24th birthday, Bell has averaged 4.75 yards per carry since slimming down ahead of the 2014 season. He's caught 107 passes over his past 22 games.
Jan 28 - 3:40 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette said the Steelers will not make a "break-bank offer" to Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) this offseason.

"I think they will make him an offer this year," wrote Bouchette, "but ... It won't be a break-bank offer if they do." Entering his contract year, Bell has failed to finish the last two seasons due to knee injuries, and also fractured his foot as a rookie. Bell is owed under $1 million in 2016, while the Steelers could theoretically franchise tag Le'Veon in 2017. Don't expect a long-term extension this offseason.
Jan 27 - 7:08 PM

Le'Veon Bell's year-ending surgery repaired both the MCL and PCL in his right knee.

Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Bell is "on target" for a September of 2016 return. The good news is Le'Veon avoided ACL damage. The bad news is MCL and PCL surgery recoveries can be just as lengthy and sometimes even longer than ACL reconstructions. Based on La Canfora's report, we suspect Bell will be ready to go by Week 1 of next season, but that's not a guarantee. He doesn't seem likely to be ready for the start of training camp next year.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 10:25:00 AM

Le'Veon Bell is expected to face a 6-9 month recovery from his torn MCL.

This is more for bookkeeping purposes than anything, as Bell should be full-go for next season. But at nine months, Bell could be pushing it to be ready for the start of training camp. As long as he avoids setbacks, Bell should be fine for a minimal preseason workload and his normal reps Week 1.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 10:05:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Le'Veon Bell's ACL is intact.

Bell was placed on injured reserve Monday with a torn right MCL, but the lack of ACL damage should shorten his recovery time. Bell should be ready by the start of the 2016 season. DeAngelo Williams will take over the feature-back role for Pittsburgh.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 12:48:00 PM

Steelers placed RB Le'Veon Bell on injured reserve with a torn right MCL, ending his season.

It's brutal news for all involved, but the silver lining is that Bell will be ready to rock for 2016 after avoiding ACL damage. It's not all roses, as this is the second consecutive season Bell has seen ended by a right knee issue. Neither has been major, but the cumulative toll could eventually add up. Either way, Bell remains a top-12 pick in Dynasty startups. For 2015, DeAngelo Williams immediately slides into an every-down role, and is Week 9's top waiver wire add.
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 02:24:00 PM

Steelers Depot reports Le'Veon Bell suffered a torn MCL Week 8 against the Bengals.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers will place Bell on season-ending injured reserve Monday after MRI confirmation. It is a devastating turn of events for Bell, who had been dominating since coming off the suspended list Week 3. If he is placed on injured reserve, Bell will finish the season with 692 total yards and three touchdowns in only five and a half games. DeAngelo Williams will take back over as the Steelers No. 1 back, a position he rode to 224 total yards and three touchdowns the first two weeks of the season. Williams will be the top waiver add this week.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 09:57:00 PM

Profootballtalk's Mike Florio reports the Steelers are "optimistic" Le'Veon Bell has avoided ACL damage, and that his injury is limited to his MCL.

Even though it would still be a multi-week injury, that would qualify as the best possible news after Bell got rolled up in ugly fashion Sunday afternoon. Bell will undergo further testing either this evening or tomorrow morning. A season-ending injury still can't be ruled out, but we have legitimate reason for optimism.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 05:25:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell (right knee) left Heinz Field at halftime of Sunday's game against the Bengals, and is headed for "further evaluation."

There's no real analysis that needs to be added. It's always bad when a player is sent to the hospital during the game. In an absolute best-case scenario, Bell would have an MCL injury, but it's quite possibly more severe than that. Owners need to be doing all they can to secure backup DeAngelo Williams.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 02:49:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell was forced from Pittsburgh's Week 8 game against the Bengals with a right knee injury, and is doubtful to return.

All of Vontaze Burfict's weight fell on Bell's right leg, bending his knee back in ugly fashion. Bell was carried to the sideline before being carted to the locker room. It had the looks of a potentially season-ending injury. Bell was putting on a show before going down, rolling up 58 yards on 12 touches. DeAngelo Williams is the next man up at running back.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
5Rajion Neal
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Roosevelt Nix
2Abou Toure
WR11Antonio Brown
2Sammie Coates
3Issac Blakeney
4Eli Rogers
5Tobais Palmer
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3DeMarcus Ayers
4Shakim Phillips
5Levi Norwood
WR31Sammie Coates
TE1Ladarius Green
2Jesse James
3Matt Spaeth
4Xavier Grimble
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
3Jerald Hawkins
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
3B.J. Finney
RG1David DeCastro
2Cole Manhart
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Mike Adams
3Brian Mihalik
4Matt Feiler
K1Chris Boswell
2Shaun Suisham
3Ty Long