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26 Le'Veon Bell RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/244 | Birthdate: 2/18/1992 | Birthplace: Columbus, OH, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Michigan State | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 5.05
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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has suspension reduced


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) The NFL reduced the suspension of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell from three games to two, according to the NFL Network. 

Bell was facing a three-game suspension due to a substance abuse violation. Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns last season.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell preparing despite question marks


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who is appealing his four-game suspension, enters training camp ready for a big load despite not knowing if he will be able to play in Week 1 against the Patriots, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  

Bell, who rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns and added another 854 yards in receptions, said he will work like he is going to play, even though he has no idea when his appeal will be ruled on. 

"However coach splits my reps up or handles it in practice, I want to make sure that I give them my all every time I am out there," Bell said.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell wants to be more explosive this season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell enjoyed a career season last year. He rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns.

But that's not enough.

This season, Bell wants to concentrate on being more explosive and breaking off more long runs.

“It’s making the defense play all of their gaps, play honest. If they don’t, if they get a little greedy, you have to make them pay. That’s when the big runs come," Bell said. "You see a defender try to make a tackle and he is out of his gap. I have to make a defense pay every time for that. When they make that mistake, and everybody is human, when one of them make a mistake I have to make them pay.”\

Bell will miss the first three games of the season due to a substance abuse suspension.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell awaiting word on suspension appeal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Steelers standout running back Le'Veon Bell has yet to hear back about his appeal to a three-game suspension for marijuana, ESPN has reported.

Bell has apologized for getting himself in trouble, stating that pot is not important to him and issuing self-blame.

"It's my own fault," he said Tuesday. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person. It's going to make me a better player."

Bell is hoping that his reputation can eventually match his production, which has been significant. He rushed for 1,361 yards a year ago and caught a whopping 85 passes.

"Everybody has their own opinions about me, but that's fine," he said. "I can't make everybody like me and I can't make everybody hate me. I just have to continue to move forward and continue to be me. I know I'm a great person and a great football player, so I have to continue to be on and off the field."


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says his knee is almost completely healed


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said his injured knee is almost 100 percent recovered, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

It's been nearly five months since Bell sustained a hyperextended knee in the regular-season finale against the Bengals in late December. Bell finished second in the NFL last season with 1,361 rushing yards.


Report: Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will be suspended three games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Two days after LeGarrette Blount received a one-game suspension, his former teammate, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, will be suspended three games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Wednesday. Bell, who will lose four game checks, will appeal his suspension, per Schefter.

Bell, 23, was arrested on Aug. 20, 2014 after being pulled over by police while driving. After the arresting officer alleged a smell of marijuana coming from the car, Bell was charged with DUI and possession of the drug. Police found 20 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Blount, his teammate at the time, was in the car and arrested as well.

Bell was second only to DeMarco Murray in rushing yards last season with 1,361 and eight touchdowns on the ground during the regular season. He also had 83 catches for 854 yards and three touchdowns.

The Steelers signed DeAngelo Williams in the offseason, who could be in line to start the first three games of the season in Bell's absence. 


Report: Le'Veon Bell expected to receive two-game suspension


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/12/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the season as a result of his arrest last summer on marijuana possession and DUI charges, reports ESPN.com. Bell agreed last week to enter a program for first-time offenders, and he'll be on probation for 15 months.

The website's report backs up a comment from Bell's attorney, who told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that entering the program can be considered an admission of guilt and thus result in a one- or two-game suspension.

Bell ranked second in the NFL last season with 1,361 rushing yards, and he added 83 catches for 854 yards, scoring 11 total touchdowns. He'll turn 23 next week.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told ESPN.com the team will be prepared if Bell gets suspended.


Steelers' Le'Veon Bell enters court program for drug charges


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will enter into a court-mandated program that, if completed, will result in drug charges to be dropped from his record, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bell was arrested on Aug. 20, 2014 after being pulled over by police while driving. After the arresting officer alleged a smell of marijuana coming from the car, Bell was charged with driving under the influence and possession of the drug. Police found 20 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.

In the car with Bell was former teammate and current Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who was arrested too. Blount completed 50 hours of community service in Boston and had his marijuana charge dropped.

The program Bell is entering into is called the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, which is for first-time non-violent offenders. It's a 15-month program that will require Bell to refrain from using drugs and alcohol.

Bell's attorney, Robert Del Greco, believes the NFL could suspend the Steelers running back since entering this program would be considered an admission of guilt.

"I cannot predict the outcome, but the guidelines would suggest maybe a one- or two-game suspension," Del Greco told the Post-Gazette.


Packers' Aaron Rodgers named NFL MVP at NFL Honors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the 2015 NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show, held Saturday at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.

Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.

AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham, Giants

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams

AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians, Cardinals

AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals

Walter Payton Man of Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers

Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Salute to Service Award: Jared Allen, Bears

NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs

Greatness on the Road Award: Tony Romo, Cowboys

Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch

Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School

In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell on injury: 'The knee is close to 100 percent'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell missed Pittsburgh's playoff game against the Ravens and the Pro Bowl because he suffered a hyperextended knee in the regular-season finale against the Bengals in late December.

It's been about a month since Bell suffered the injury, but he said he has been able to work out on the injured knee.

"The knee is close to 100 percent," Bell told NFL Network on Wednesday night. "I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

Bell had a monster year in 2014, rushing for a career-best 1,361 yards. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry. He also had 83 catches for 854 yards and finished with 11 total touchdowns (eight rushing).


Broncos' C.J. Anderson to replace Le'Veon Bell in Pro Bowl


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will replace Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell in the Pro Bowl, according to ProFootballTalk. Bell hoped to play in the game after suffering a hyperextended knee in Week 17, but he did not get the medical clearance needed to participate.

Anderson had 849 rushing yards on 179 carries with eight touchdowns in 2014. He also had 324 receiving yards with two touchdowns.


Steelers' Le'Veon Bell officially inactive for Saturday's game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been listed as inactive for Saturday's game against the Ravens. Bell was listed as out on the team's final injury report of the week with a knee injury. 

Bell totaled 1,361 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground during the regular season. He also had 83 catches for 854 yards and three touchdowns. 

Josh Harris and Dri Archer are likely to split the running back duties for Pittsburgh.

The Steelers are 3-point favorites Saturday.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell officially ruled out for wild-card game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was officially ruled out for Saturday's pivotal wild-card game against the Ravens because of a hyperextended right knee.

Bell sustained the injury in the final week of the regular season against Cincinnati and was not able to practice this week leading up to Pittsburgh's first playoff game since 2011. Bell rushed for 1,361 yards this season, second only to DeMarco Murray. He also caught 83 passes for 854 yards. The Steelers are planning to start Josh Harris in his place, per the NFL Network.

The Steelers are 3-point home favorites Saturday night.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) misses another practice


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/1/2015) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was absent from practice Thursday for a second straight day because of a hyperextended right knee.

If out for Saturday's wild-card game against the Ravens, then running backs Josh Harris and Dri Archer are expected to see more playing time. Recently signed Ben Tate could also be in the mix for carries.

The line for Saturday's game remains Pittsburgh as 3-point favorites. Heavy rain is expected as well for the wild-card game.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell: 'I feel great'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/31/2014) After walking down the hallway with no discernible limp, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell stood by his locker Wednesday and told NFL Network, "I feel great." But when asked if that meant he'd play Saturday against Baltimore, Bell replied: "I'm just going to take it day by day."

The Steelers are operating under the assumption Bell won't be available due to his hyperextended knee, though coach Mike Tomlin said the team will "leave the light on" for him. Bell reportedly could barely walk Monday, so he's showing progress.

Pittsburgh signed free agent running back Ben Tate on Tuesday, adding him to the backfield mix with Josh Harris and rookie Dri Archer.

The Steelers are 3-point home favorites Saturday night.


With Le'Veon Bell injured, Steelers sign RB Ben Tate


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) The Steelers announced they signed free agent running back Ben Tate, and he's expected to be in uniform Saturday night when Pittsburgh hosts Baltimore in the playoffs.

The Steelers needed a running back with Le'Veon Bell looking unlikely to play. Bell sustained a hyperextended knee Sunday night against the Bengals.

Tate joins Josh Harris and Dri Archer in the backfield after playing eight games for the Browns and Vikings this year. To make room on the roster, Pittsburgh released wideout Justin Brown.

The Steelers are 3-point favorites over the Ravens.


Tomlin: RB Bell won't necessarily play if medically cleared


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said running back Le'Veon Bell rode a stationary bike Tuesday as he tries to recover from the hyperextended knee he suffered Sunday night. Whether Bell plays Saturday night against the Ravens will depend on how he feels and how effective he can be, not on whether he gains medical clearance, Tomlin said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

If Bell, a superior receiver, can't play, the Steelers could play third downs without a running back, Tomlin acknowledged. Pittsburgh will go with Josh Harris and Dri Archer at running back and might sign free agent Ben Tate, who visited Tuesday.

The Steelers are favored by 3.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell likely out for Saturday's playoff game


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is "likely out" for Saturday's home playoff game against the Ravens, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Bell suffered a hyperextended knee Sunday night when he was tackled low by Bengals safety Reggie Nelson.

Bell, who avoided ligament damage, led the AFC with 2,215 yards from scrimmage and scored 11 touchdowns. His backups, Josh Harris and Dri Archer, rushed a combined 19 times for 56 yards. Pittsburgh is hosting free agent running back Ben Tate on Tuesday and is expected to sign him if the visit goes well, per ESPN.

The Steelers are favored by 3 on Saturday night.


Report: Steelers hosting RB Ben Tate


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) With running back Le'Veon Bell (hyperextended knee) uncertain to play in Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens, the Steelers are bringing in running back Ben Tate for a visit Tuesday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Pittsburgh is expected to sign Tate if the visit goes well, the report said.

Tate played in eight games for the Browns and Vikings this season, rushing for 333 yards and four touchdowns. As of now, Josh Harris and Dri Archer would be the Steelers' main ballcarriers if Bell can't play.

The Steelers are favored by 3 at most sportsbooks.


Report: No ligament damage; Steelers' Le'Veon Bell iffy for Sat.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) While the MRI on Le'Veon Bell's injured knee showed no ligament damage, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, it will be difficult for Bell to play in Saturday's wild-card game against the Ravens. Bell's playing status will depend on how he feels.

Bell suffered a hyperextended right knee in Sunday's game against the Bengals. Bell finished the regular season with 1,361 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 290 carries, while adding 83 catches for 854 yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Dri Archer is listed as the Steelers' backup running back on the team's depth chart. Josh Harris is listed as the third-string running back. 

The Steelers opened as 3 1/2-point favorites for Saturday's playoff game, but the line has since moved to Pittsburgh being 3-point favorites, per VegasInsider.com.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell injures knee, doubtful to return Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell suffered a hyperextended right knee in Sunday night's regular-season finale against the Bengals and is doubtful to return.

Bell was hit down low after a reception in the middle of the field and took a shot to the knee. After an injury timeout, he was able to get up and jog off the field with a limp, before the training staff took a look at the injury on a training table on the sidelines. Bell was then taken to the locker room, where he was deemed doubtful to return to Sunday's game and diagnosed with a hyperextended knee.

Bell racked up 20 yards on eight carries and 80 yards on six receptions before coming out of the game. The Steelers will play Saturday in the first round of the playoffs regardless of whether they win or lose Sunday's game.


Steelers' Le'Veon Bell finds the end zone once again in Week 16


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell had 20 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 20-12 win over the Chiefs.

Bell has struggled over the last two weeks, with 40 carries for 110 yards total, after three weeks of 204, 95 and 185 in the previous three games. 

Bell also had just one catch for nine yards, his lowest receiving total since Week 12 against the Titans. 

The Steelers take on the Bengals in Week 17. 


All-around effort by Steelers RB Bell puts him in record book


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Steelers featured back Le'Veon Bell was held to just 47 yards on 20 carries Sunday in Atlanta.

That's the bad news. The good news is that he scored on a 1-yard run with time running out in the first half and added a 13-yard bolt into the end zone early in the fourth to provide a two-toucdown lead. He also caught five of his seven targets for 72 yards.

The big numbers allowed Bell to become the all-time Steelers single-season leader in overall yards. He surpassed fellow running back Barry Foster, who established the mark in 1992.

Bell will add to his total next Sunday against Kansas City.


Bengals have no answers Steelers' Le'Veon Bell in Week 14


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell ran 26 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's rout of the Bengals 42-21. He added six catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.

It was Bell's second-highest rushing total of the season, when re ran for 204 yards against the Titans. He now has 1,231 yards rushing and 693 yards receiving, putting him 76 yards away from 2,000 total yards on the year. 

Bell and the Steelers will take on the Falcons in Week 15. 


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell seeking first-offender deal


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/3/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell on Wednesday applied to enter a first-offender's program for the marijuana possession and DUI charges against him, reports WPXI.com. If Bell's tentative deal with the prosecutor is approved by a judge, he'd get 15 months' probation, a 60-day driver's license suspension, a drug and alcohol evaluation and group DUI therapy, the report said.

Bell and then-teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested Aug. 20 after a motorcycle officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle they were in, according to the website. Blount's preliminary hearing is Dec. 10.

Bell's attorney told the website his client could face a two-game NFL suspension next season.