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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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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

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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

Le'Veon Bell rushed 29 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' Wild Card win over the Dolphins.

He added two catches for seven additional yards. Bell was just ridiculous, using his unparalleled patience and vision to break Pittsburgh's postseason rushing record. There was a stretch in the first half where Bell was gaining 6-7 yards on every play. One of the best players in the NFL at any position, Bell will be a Divisional Round X-factor against a Chiefs team he ripped for 178 yards from scrimmage in Week 4.
Jan 8 - 4:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers will apply the franchise-tag to contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell.

That was always the expected outcome as the Steelers couldn't risk letting Bell test the open market. The franchise tag for running backs should carry about a $12 million value, which will make Bell one of the league's highest-paid backs. Bell has expressed interest in staying with the Steelers long-term and the sides are sure to discuss an extension at some point this offseason. Bell has been suspended for multiple failed drug tests during his Steelers tenure but has otherwise been an absolute stud, earning All-Pro selections in two of his last three seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 8 - 12:00 PM

Contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell says he wants to stay with the Steelers beyond this season.

Bell is a prime candidate for the franchise tag unless he's willing to accept a below-market extension. The tag is expected to be worth around $12 million. "Obviously, I want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler," said Bell, who turns 25 in February. "So obviously we’re going to try to do everything it takes to make that happen." Bell has been suspended twice for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He also suffered back-to-back year-ending knee injuries to conclude the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:28:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed on Wednesday that Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, and Antonio Brown (rest) will not play in Sunday's Week 17 finale against the Browns.

As expected. Tomlin isn't messing around like some of the other teams with nothing to play for in Week 17. He's not going to risk any of his big three stars getting hurt. DeAngelo Williams is the No. 2 back in Pittsburgh, but he could conceivably rest as well as he continues to work back from a multi-week knee injury. Fitzgerald Toussaint might be the better fantasy option.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 01:08:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he may sit Le'Veon Bell Week 17 against the Browns.

Bell has been an absolute workhorse over his 12 games this season, scarcely missing a snap and racking up 336 touches. It makes perfect sense to give him the week off in a meaningless game. DeAngelo Williams could get the start, but he is still coming back from a knee injury. Fitzgerald Toussaint is the other option.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Bell likely sitting, we can comfortably turn towards either Williams or Toussaint, depending on who draws the start. Williams hasn't handled a carry since early November and with Pittsburgh having nothing to play for, they may not want to risk their insurance policy behind Bell. That would theoretically leave most - if not all - of the work to Toussaint, which would make him a viable DFS play in any format against the league's second-worst run defense.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:35:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, and James Harrison to rest in Week 17.

We certainly hope you don't play in one of those fantasy leagues that extends into Week 17. The Steelers are locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed with nowhere to move. Bouchette expects Antonio Brown to "lobby to play," but he will probably be on a snap limit even if he's active. Landry Jones and DeAngelo Williams are likely to start at quarterback and running back, respectively.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 03:49:00 PM

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5Marcus Tucker
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LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
3Keavon Milton
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
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3Matt Feiler
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Jerald Hawkins
3Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell