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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
Contract: view contract details

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Le'Veon Bell's potential four-game suspension is the result of "several" missed drug tests.
Rapoport added the Steelers have known about the potential suspension "for some time." Bell is planning to appeal, but his chances for success seem slim if it is true he missed multiple tests. DeAngelo Williams will be a sure-fire RB1 as long as Bell is sidelined. Jul 23 - 12:04 PM

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ESPN's Dan Graziano reports Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden was first on this over a month ago, and the rumor appears to be true. Madden received word that Bell skipped a drug test, which in the eyes of the NFL is the same as failing a test. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Bell skipped "drug tests," plural. Bell will obviously appeal it, but it sounds like he's not going to be available the first month of the season. Knock him down several pegs in the fantasy rankings, as he's now clearly behind David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, and Ezekiel Elliott. Look for DeAngelo Williams to do the heavy lifting in September, with Antonio Brown becoming even more of the focal point of the offense.
Jul 22 - 9:22 AM

Le’Veon Bell (MCL/PCL) says he is on track for training camp.

"I'm going to be ready," Bell promised. "I don't think I'll really get tackled until a preseason game or maybe in the regular season. But cutting, running routes, everything is back to normal." Bell went so far as to claim his knee is "probably stronger than it ever was." Bell has been setback-free since he was cleared for individual drills at OTAs. The Steelers could rest him the entire preseason, but Bell should be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jul 9 - 8:10 PM

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler expects Le’Veon Bell to command at least $8 million annually.

Bell wants Adrian Peterson money ($14M annually). He has a case to be the NFL's highest paid running back, but Peterson’s deal is outdated. Bell should land more guarantees than Peterson if he rebounds this season.
Source: ESPN
Jul 9 - 5:25 PM

In his new song "Focus," walk-year RB Le'Veon Bell suggested he is looking for $15 million per year on his next deal.

"I'm at the top and if not I'm the closest," Bell rapped. "I'ma need 15 a year and they know this." When he is not spitting hot fire, Bell is arguably the best running back in the league, but $15 million annually is almost certainly out of the question. Adrian Peterson is easily the highest paid back at $14 million a year, but the roots of that deal came from a different era. More importantly, it would only cost the Steelers around $12 million to retain Bell via the franchise tag next spring. Bell should easily surpass the $9.05 million Jamaal Charles averaged on his last deal, but he will struggle to get anywhere near Peterson's number.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 4 - 9:27 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) wants to able to "cut and run freely" before reporting to camp.

Bell wants to be a full participant from the first whistle, but the Steelers are expected to exercise early caution. Per Fowler, Bell is unlikely to play before Week 3 of the preseason. That's certainly the wise approach. Barring a setback, Bell will be ready to rock as a top-three RB1 for Week 1.
Jun 26 - 3:49 PM

Walk-year RB Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) says he wants to make a "full recovery" before worrying about his contract.

In other words: He's still not fully recovered, and he'd rather bet on himself than take a discounted deal before Week 1. Bell has emerged as one of the league's most dynamic playmakers over the past two seasons, but his value is at a low ebb after suffering two major knee injuries. Bell is only 24 years old.
Jun 16 - 1:50 PM

Le'Veon Bell denied a "rumor" he skipped a drug test, which would result in a "failed" test.

Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden started the rumor earlier on Tuesday, reporting Bell skipped a drug test and is facing another suspension. "I haven't missed any drug tests, failed any drug tests," Bell said. "I am fine." We'll put this one to bed unless it needs to be revisited. Bell served a two-game suspension to start last season.
Jun 14 - 10:40 PM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) is participating in individual drills at minicamp.

As he did in OTAs. Bell has said he will be full-go for training camp, something that certainly seems realistic based on his offseason progress. Despite his injury risk, Bell is a no-brainer, top-three RB1.
Jun 14 - 4:13 PM

Steelers OC Todd Haley expressed optimism Wednesday regarding Le'Veon Bell's (MCL, PCL) recovery.

Haley predicted Bell would be "as good as new" by Week 1, basing that forecast on "just knowing him and what we’ve seen of him in the past." Haley was a bit more evasive when asked if the Steelers might lessen Bell's workload after DeAngelo Williams' monster 2015 season. "It will be a lot easier to give Le’Veon some rest when he needs it, although he never wants to come off (the field)," Haley said. "We’ve seen D-Will for a full year in our offense and doing the things the way we do them, so I think it’s an exciting thing to look forward to."
Jun 8 - 10:14 PM

Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) said he will be 100 percent when training camp begins.

He is participating in individual drills during OTAs. Players are usually overly optimistic about injuries, but Bell's confidence is better than the alternative. Even if he is eased into training camp, the assumption is Bell will be a full go by Week 1. With this injury sure to knock him down a few ADP pegs, Bell could end up being the best value of the first round.
May 24 - 12:30 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler says "there's no reason to believe" Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) won't be ready for Week 1.

The Steelers have yet to a put timetable on Bell's return, but he was cleared for cutting in March and underwent blood-flow restriction therapy last month. He's expected to miss OTAs and won't be ready until training camp at the earliest. Bell has avoided setbacks to this point, but PCL injuries can be difficult to recover from. Bell will be 10 months removed from surgery for Week 1.
May 11 - 5:40 PM

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

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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
5Brandon Brown-Dukes
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1David Johnson
2Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Sammie Coates
3Issac Blakeney
4Eli Rogers
5Canaan Severin
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3DeMarcus Ayers
4Shakim Phillips
5Levi Norwood
WR31Sammie Coates
TE1Ladarius Green
2Jesse James
3Xavier Grimble
4Paul Lang
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
3Matt Feiler
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
3B.J. Finney
4Quinton Schooley
RG1David DeCastro
2Cole Manhart
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Jerald Hawkins
3Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell