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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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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

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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

Le'Veon Bell (knee) missed Steelers practice on Thursday.

We'd be very surprised if Bell played and was effective in the Wild Card Round against the Ravens. It's possible he'll be active for the game and only play a bit role, but we wouldn't bet on it. Look for UDFA Josh Harris to serve as the Steelers' primary early-down back, with Dri Archer mixing in for scatback work. Ben Tate could see some action in obvious pass-pro situations.
Jan 1 - 5:18 PM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Bell was able to do some light jogging, but remains day to day. He's reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery. Bell's status will be updated again on Thursday.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell said his hyperextended knee feels "great," but declined to say whether he'll play in Saturday night's Wild Card Round game against the Ravens.

After walking with a noticeable limp earlier in the week, Bell ditched the hobble and appeared to be walking normal Wednesday. "Obviously, I'm taking it day by day," said Bell. Even with teammates holding out hope Bell can play, the Steelers spent Wednesday getting Josh Harris ready to start. Bell will likely be a game-time decision. Expect the Steelers to do everything they can to get Bell ready.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 11:45:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora considers Le'Veon Bell (knee) "likely out" for the Wild Card Round against the Ravens.

This is the early-week expectation, at least, and the Steelers are adding insurance by hosting free agent Ben Tate on Tuesday. Josh Harris may wind up starting Sunday's Wild Card game, with rookie Dri Archer operating as the change-of-pace back. The Steelers are going to have to lean heavily on Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Heath Miller to get the win.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 10:06:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Le'Veon Bell (hyperextended knee) has avoided ligament damage, but is highly questionable for Saturday's Wild Card game.

Bell's Monday MRI confirmed he suffered only a hyperextension on Sunday evening, but Schefter reports it will be "difficult" for him to suit up against the Ravens. Per Schefter, it will depend on "how Bell feels." The Steelers will move mountains to get Bell cleared for Saturday's game, but he'd likely be at less than full effectiveness even if he suits up. The Steelers' best bet may be preparing Bell for a potential appearance in the Divisional Round.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 02:38:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) reportedly could "barely walk" when spotted at the Steelers facility Monday.

It's fantastic news that Bell avoided ligament tears during his scary injury Sunday night. But that doesn't mean he'll be able to play Saturday night against the Ravens. His hyperextension appears to have caused some serious issues, which may or may not get worked out over the next six days. UDFA Josh Harris is next up on the depth chart.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:27:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell's right knee injury is "not anything major."

Bell has been diagnosed with a scary hyperextension, but no ligament damage. He was able to walk without crutches in the locker room after the game and was not in a brace. Still, hyperextensions can be multi-week injuries in certain cases, leaving Bell questionable for Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens. The Steelers were forced to turn to UDFA Josh Harris following Bell's injury Sunday night. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Monday morning that the Steelers believe it's "possible" Bell can play Saturday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 07:50:00 AM