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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
Contract: view contract details

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Le'Veon Bell rushed 27 times for 87 yards in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.
He added four catches for four yards. Bell got far more work than he did Week 1, but the Vikings play stingy defense and didn't let Bell squirt loose for any big plays. His longest run went for 11 yards. Rookie James Conner received just one carry. Bell's workload was a minor concern coming out of the opener, but he's ready to roll as a 25-30 touch player after getting a game under his belt. Bell should have an easier time of things next week at the Bears. Sep 17 - 4:43 PM

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Le'Veon Bell was not used in empty packages Week 1.

Bell played "only" 43-of-60 snaps in the opener, in part because his usual role as the fourth receiver in empty sets was taken by rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. Perhaps the Steelers were just limiting Bell's snaps after he sat out all of training camp, but this is at least a small concern coming off his 47-yard opening performance. Bell has a tough test this week against the Vikings, but he remains a high-end RB1.
Sep 14 - 9:33 AM

Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 10 times for 32 yards while adding three receptions for 15 yards in Sunday’s win over the Browns.

Bell’s 47 yards from scrimmage were the fewest he's ever had in his career. He showed no affects physically after holding out all preseason before joining the organization nine days ago, but played on just 43 of the 60 offensive snaps (71 percent) for the Steelers. He found little room to operate with the football. He had only 17 rushing yards until his final carry of the game, a 15-yard run to ice things for the Steelers. It’s concerning that the Pittsburgh front had so much trouble with Cleveland heading into a matchup with a much better Minnesota unit, but Bell’s low-yardage total is anomaly for the bar he’s set so far during his career.
Sep 10 - 5:12 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler expects Le'Veon Bell to get "close to a full workload" Week 1 against the Browns.

Fowler says not to "be fooled by the 'football shape' argument" after Bell admitted to being a "little winded" following his first practice with the team earlier this week. Coach Mike Tomlin said Bell has looked great this week. Fowler sets Bell's baseline at around 20 touches for Sunday, and it could easily end up being more, especially if the Steelers mount a big lead in the second half.
Sep 8 - 12:28 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell is in "great physical condition."

Bell admitted to being a "little winded" during Monday's practice, but he should work back into game shape fairly quickly. Tomlin added the team has not decided how much they will use the back against the Browns, but the answer is almost certainly as much as he can handle. Even after missing the preseason, he is a locked-in RB1 this week.
Sep 5 - 12:06 PM

Le'Veon Bell says he's ready for a "full load" in Sunday's opener.

Bell did say he was a "little winded" on Monday. 25-year-old Bell has demonstrated a remarkable ability to hit the ground running after long layoffs. We wouldn't expect him to be limited against the Browns.
Sep 4 - 2:13 PM

Steelers re-signed Le'Veon Bell to a one-year, $12.12 million contract.

Bell reported to the team on Friday, but he did not sign the tender until today. The Steelers have a two-week roster exemption for Bell, but they should make the necessary roster moves before Sunday's game in Cleveland. Bell will obviously be a must-start option in that matchup even after missing the entire preseason.
Sep 4 - 10:38 AM

Steelers re-signed RB Le'Veon Bell to a one-year, $12.12 million contract.

As Bell said he would, he shows up the Friday following the preseason finale to sign his franchise tender, ending his summer holdout. It's obviously fair to have some concern about Bell's conditioning, but the Steelers are fully expected to throw Bell right into the fire as their Week 1 bell cow against the Browns. Bell will be a top-three fantasy back every week of the season. He's currently scheduled to hit free agency next March at 26 years old.
Sep 1 - 12:02 PM

Le'Veon Bell plans to report to the team on Friday.

Quoting a tweet asking about his plans, Bell wrote, "9-1-17." This is not surprising news in that Bell was always expected to return after the final preseason game, but, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, it does mean Bell will report to the team on the first day of a three-day break for the players. Even so, Bell will be ready to go for Week 1.
Aug 28 - 12:16 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell is expected to report to the Steelers "shortly after" the third preseason game.

Bell's holdout was never expected to last into the regular season, and returning after the "dress rehearsal" game will mean he is able to skip all of the preseason action and still have a couple weeks to settle in for Week 1. Bell remains locked in as one of the first two picks in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 8:29 AM

Updating an earlier report, Le'Veon Bell's agent has denied that he had a deal in place with the Steelers ahead of the July 17 deadline for franchise players.

It was reported that agent Adisa Bakari had negotiated a five-year extension with Pittsburgh before Bell nixed the deal but Bakari has since refuted that claim. "All stories to contrary are false," he said. The Steelers reportedly offered their star running back a deal worth at least $12 million annually, though Bell thought he could do better. Bell has yet to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender, which allows him to hold out without being fined. He should resurface ahead of Week 1.
Aug 18 - 3:39 PM

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Le'Veon Bell's agent had agreed to a five-year extension with the Steelers but Bell turned it down.

Per Bouchette, Bell's agent had a five-year deal in place that would have netted the All-Pro running back more than $12 million annually including $30 million over the first two season. The contract was agreed to the afternoon of the July 17 deadline for franchise players but Bell had a last-minute change of heart and decided to nix the deal. Bell, who has held out from Steelers training camp this summer, wants to reset the running back market, reportedly seeking up to $15 million annually. Despite the deal falling through, Bell is expected to join the Steelers ahead of Week 1.
Aug 18 - 1:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell plans to report to the Steelers before Week 1.

Per Schefter, it "remains unclear exactly when." Bell will probably sign and report before the calendar flips to September, but he seems extremely unlikely to see any preseason action. Bell has shown a remarkable ability to hit the ground running after long layoffs. He's a no-brainer top-two pick in every format of fantasy.
Aug 17 - 1:17 PM

Unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell was absent for the first day of Steelers camp on Thursday.

#AsExpected. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported 10 days ago that Bell may not report until "mid-to-late August." The Steelers probably don't mind too much. Bell has shown a tremendous ability to hit the ground running after long layoffs, and will avoid injury risk in camp. It's not a strategy that works for a lot of players, but Bell seems to be an exception. Bell is fully expected to report before Week 1.
Jul 27 - 4:08 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell "plans to play a full 16-game season."

Meaning he does not plan to holdout into the regular season. According to NFL Network's Ike Taylor, there is a "strong possibility" he will skip at least part of training camp, something he is able to do without fine because he has yet to sign his franchise tender. On the contract front, Bell said he turned down an offer for reportedly "over" $12 million per year because he wants to be paid like a running back and a No. 2 receiver, a number Taylor thinks is around $15 million. That is probably not going to happen anytime soon considering the Steelers can franchise him again next year for around $14.5 million, but Bell should completely reshape the running back market when he signs a long-term deal.
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 8:43 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Josh Dobbs
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3Terrell Watson
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Eli Rogers
3JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR21Martavis Bryant
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Justin Hunter
WR31Eli Rogers
TE1Jesse James
2Vance McDonald
3Xavier Grimble
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Jerald Hawkins
LG1Ramon Foster
2B.J. Finney
C1Maurkice Pouncey
RG1David DeCastro
2Matt Feiler
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Chris Hubbard
K1Chris Boswell