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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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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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
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
3Matt Spaeth
4Xavier Grimble
5Paul 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