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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 believes he's a "lot quicker, a lot more explosive" than he was in 2014.
Yes, that's Bell's breakout 2014, and not his sluggish rookie campaign. "I watch myself now and I look at last year like I wasn't really quick," Bell said. "Feels like it was (slow motion). ... Last year wasn't even close to me being my best." Bell's comments are especially surprising since he spent so much of the offseason recovering from a knee injury. Ultimately, it's hard to believe Bell can be shiftier than he was in 2014, but he has the confidence and swagger of a player who knows he's about to have a huge year. After he serves his two-game suspension, of course. Aug 20 - 3:26 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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The NFL has reduced Le'Veon Bell's suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy from three games to two.

That sound you hear is Bell racing back atop draft boards. Including the Steelers' bye, Bell is still ticketed to miss 23 percent of the fantasy regular season, but he's a dual-threat difference maker who provides a weekly edge in all formats of fantasy. That's especially true in PPR leagues, where Bell is a no-brainer at No. 1 overall. Bell is the goal-line back and primary checkdown target for an offense that wants to score 30 points per game this season. DeAngelo Williams will start in Weeks 1 and 2, where Pittsburgh is facing New England and San Francisco.
Jul 28 - 2:51 PM

The NFL and Le'Veon Bell are negotiating a settlement that could reduce his three-game suspension to one or two games.

Bell's suspension stems from an August 2014 incident in which he was pulled over with marijuana in his car, and got charged with both possession and a DUI. Bell's camp is arguing that he's being punished twice for the same offense. As a player with no known history of breaking the law, he appears to have a legit shot at a reduction. Bell, already in the conversation at No. 1 overall in fantasy, would surely be the top pick if he only will sit 1-2 games.
Jul 28 - 11:07 AM

Suspended RB Le'Veon Bell was a full participant for the start of Steelers camp on Monday.

Bell missed last January's playoff loss to Baltimore with a hyperextended knee, and recently said he wasn't 100-percent healthy. Per beat writer Jeremy Fowler, however, Le'Veon looked "noticeably explosive" on the first day of camp. Fowler added that Le'Veon "says he's in the best shape of his life, and he's not lying," showing quick feet and straight-line speed in practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:10 PM

Le'Veon Bell says his right knee still isn't fully healthy.

It's the third time in the last four months Bell has said he's "close" to 100 percent. The Steelers haven't shown any concern for Bell's knee. Bell made it through the offseason program without setbacks and should be full-go for training camp.
Jul 25 - 4:37 PM

Suspended RB Le'Veon Bell has not yet had an appeal hearing with the NFL regarding his three-game ban.

Bell told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler he has "no idea" regarding a suspension-appeal update, "or if the league is even looking at it." It's frustrating news as training camp inches close. For now, fantasy owners should be approaching Le'Veon as if he'll miss the first three weeks of the season, and consider any reduction in the three-game suspension an unexpected bonus.
Jul 25 - 3:49 PM

Commissioner Roger Goodell stated Tuesday that he "isn't aware" of Le'Veon Bell's appeal of his three-game suspension.

Bell faces a three-game ban stemming from last year's DUI and marijuana arrest. His suspension was announced in early April. "That appeal is not heard by me," said Goodell. "I would have to get somebody else to get a timeline on that."
Jul 21 - 1:41 PM

Suspended RB Le'Veon Bell told reporters Wednesday that he "doesn't know" when the NFL will hear the appeal of his three-game ban.

The NFL clearly hasn't made Bell's appeal a priority. Bell confirmed the appeal has not happened yet, and he doesn't know when it will. We're still optimistic the league will reduce Bell's three-game suspension. He's a first-time offender of league policy with a squeaky-clean, high-character track record.
Jun 17 - 10:25 PM

Le'Veon Bell says his right knee is "close" to 100 percent.

It's the second straight month Bell has said he's "close" to full health. It's an interesting admission, as Bell's knee was supposedly only hyperextended after he went down in Week 17. Bell claimed in January that he was at "85-90 percent," but now admits it was closer to 50. Off the field, Bell apologized for his summer 2014 arrest. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person," Bell said. "It's going to make me a better player." Bell is still working to get his three-game suspension reduced.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 5:59 PM

Le'Veon Bell is still hoping to get his three-game suspension reduced.

Part of Bell's plea deal for his DUI and marijuana charge involved community service and classes that got the charges off his record. Perhaps that will gain him some leniency. If not, Bell said he's accepted his punishment and wants to put the incident behind him. For now, expect DeAngelo Williams to operate as Pittsburgh's lead back during a tough Weeks 1-3 schedule (at NE, SF, at STL).
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 10:00 AM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) says he's "getting close" to 100 percent.

Bell wasn't present for this week's voluntary workouts. It's an interesting admission, as Bell's knee was supposedly only hyperextended when he injured it in Week 17. This suggests the ailment was slightly more serious. Either way, Bell will be ready to rock for training camp. The fantasy star has appealed his three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, but owners shouldn't count on seeing him before Week 4 against the Ravens.
Apr 23 - 6:30 PM

NFL suspended Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Bell will be appealing the ruling in an effort to have the suspension shortened. He probably doesn't have a case, as the NFL's new policy states first-time offense DUIs are met with a two-game ban and the extra game then stems from Bell's marijuana charge. So re-draft owners selecting Bell have to realize they'll be without fantasy's best running back for four of 13 regular-season weeks, including the Steelers' bye. We'd still take Bell in the top part of the first round, especially in PPR formats where he's so dominant at a scarce position. DeAngelo Williams was signed this offseason to pick up the slack in the meantime.
Apr 9 - 9:36 AM

Le'Veon Bell faces up to a two-game suspension under the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.

ESPN's John Clayton has previously reported that Bell is expected to get the two-game ban. The suspension stems from an Aug. 20 2014 incident in which Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested when police found roughly three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana in Bell's car. Bell has since entered a first-time offender program, thus essentially pleading guilty to DUI. Blount was hit with a one-game ban Tuesday.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 9 - 9:24 AM

OC Todd Haley confirmed Le'Veon Bell will remain a three-down back.

Unlike LeGarrette Blount 12 months ago, DeAngelo Williams comes to town with the understanding he's a strict backup. The Steelers have no intention of backing off Bell's 23.3 touch per game workload from 2014. "Obviously, Le’Veon is our guy so he’s going to get the majority of the touches on all downs – first, second and third downs," Haley said. "You hate to ever take him off the field. I am a big believer of putting your best 11 guys on the field as many snaps as you can." Bell's monstrous week-to-week floor is sustained by his role in the pass game (83 catches last year, second-most among NFL running backs).
Mar 23 - 9:15 AM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Michael Vick
3Landry Jones
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Dri Archer
4Josh Harris
5Jawon Chisholm
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Will Johnson
2Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3David Nelson
4Eli Rogers
5Brelan Chancellor
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Martavis Bryant
3Sammie Coates
4Tyler Murphy
5Shakim Phillips
WR31Martavis Bryant
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3Jesse James
4Ray Hamilton
5Rob Blanchflower
K1Josh Scobee
2Garrett Hartley