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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 27.33
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Weak second half dooms Le'Veon Bell to Week 4 mediocrity


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Steelers featured back Le'Veon Bell finally came back down to earth Sunday against Tampa Bay after three strong performances to open the season.

Bell was held to 28 yards on 13 carries after the first quarter and 11 yards on eight attempts following intermission. He finished with 63 yards on 19 carries and no touchdowns, though he did contribute six receptions for 46 yards. He was also a victim of his own emotion, running for 16 yards on one play late in the first quarter and losing 15 on the same play for taunting.

He will try to keep his cool and improve his numbers next Sunday in Jacksonville.


Le'Veon Bell rips Panthers for 157 total yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell ripped Carolina for a career-high 147 yards on 21 carries in a Week 3 blowout win. Bell busted an 81-yard run in the third quarter that was the longest Steelers' run in 44 years.

Bell added two catches on four targets for 10 yards. It was his second 100-yard rushing game this year, third of his career. He averaged 7.0 yards per carry.

Bell is up to 315 rushing yards heading into Week 4 against Tampa Bay.


Le'Veon Bell held to 11 carries Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell performed well Thursday despite limited carries.

Bell gained 59 rushing yards on 11 attempts. He also caught five passes for 48 yards during the contest. Bell saw most of his work early, and fell out of the game plan once the Ravens pulled ahead 17-6. At that point, Bell contributed two rushes and two catches over the rest of the game. Bell looked impressive when he got the ball in his hands, but the Steelers had to abandon the run game for much of the fourth quarter. 

Bell will take on the Panthers Week 3. 


Stud Steelers ready to go Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The Steelers will go into Week 2 with all of their stud offensive players. 

A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Cody Wallace and Markus Wheaton were all cleared to play. While they were all on the injury report, only Wallace was dealing with an injury. The rest missed practice for non-injury reasons. 

On defense, the Steelers will have Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams. Wallace was dealing with an ankle issue, but the rest were listed for non-injury reasons. 


Le'Veon Bell 'can't wait' to face Ravens


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who rolled up 197 yards from scrimmage Week 1, said he "can't wait" for Thursday's game in Baltimore. The Ravens were stout against the run Sunday, holding the Bengals to 3.0 yards per carry.

"I can’t wait to get to Baltimore and see what these guys are really about," Bell told the Steelers' website. "They are going to play tough. They know what we like to do; we know what they like to do. Both teams are similar. It’s going to be a good game."


Le'Veon Bell shows versatility in piling up big numbers Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Steelers emerging running back Le'Veon Bell shredded the Browns on the ground and through the air Sunday at Heinz Field.

Bell rushed for 109 yards and a score on 21 carries and added a career-high 88 yards on six receptions in the victory. He became the first Pittsburgh player to exceed 100 yards receiving and 50 rushing since Amos Zereoue achieved it in November 2002.

The second-year back, who managed 45 receptions a year ago, gave his team a 24-3 lead midway through the second quarter on a play that accentuated his quickness and elusiveness. He bolted through the middle, cut right to avoid a tackle and raced 38 yards into the end zone.

Like most of his teammates, Bell was limited in the second half. He managed 40 yards on 10 carries after halftime. His next game will be at Baltimore on Thursday night.


Le'Veon Bell no sure bet for big production against Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is a bit of an unkown heading into the 2014 season. His talent is unquestioned after he racked up 860 yards and eight touchdowns in 244 carries last season. But his role in 2014 has yet to be fully defined, which makes his status in the Sunday opener against Cleveland a little sketchy.

The addition of LeGarrette Blount in the backfield could take significant playing time away from Bell. After all, Blount is coming off a sensational down-the-stretch performance in 2013.

Bell could take advantage of a Browns run defense that proved mediocre in the preseason and susceptible to long gains. Despite catching 45 passes for 399 yards last season, Bell managed just three receptions for 18 yards against the Browns. With lone premier receiving threat Antonio Brown being covered by Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, the Steelers might look to Bell to supplement the passing game, which bodes well in PPR leagues.

Look for Bell to put up decent numbers Sunday, but his playng time must be monitored. The Steelers did not sign Blount to stand all afternoon on the sideline.


Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount will play Week 1 as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play Sunday against the Browns despite their recent arrests on marijuana possession charges, reports NFL.com.

No risk of suspension for Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) There is no chance the Steelers will suspend running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount for their arrests last week on charges of marijuana possession, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The team will let the legal process play out, then wait for the NFL to impose discipline -- a process that could take a year.

"So the idea that either the Steelers will act on their own or that the wheels of NFL justice will move so quickly Bell and Blount could lose a game to suspension anytime soon is folly," Bouchette wrote.

The Steelers won't do anything to hurt their chances of winning Week 1, Bouchette continued. In addition, he asserted the collective bargaining agreement prohibits teams from imposing suspensions in these kinds of cases.

Bell also was charged with DUI in the incident a week ago.


Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount to play Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will "absolutely" play in Thursday's preseason finale, NFL.com reports.

Most of the team's starters and veterans will get the final week of preseason off, but the two running backs won't receive that perk after being charged with possession last week.


Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount to play Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers, reports NFL.com. It's apparently further "punishment" for their arrests last week on charges of marijuana possession, the report said.

Coach Mike Tomlin has said the running backs could be subject to additional team discipline.


Update: Steelers have not ruled out suspending running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Updating a previous report, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said "everything's on the table" in terms of the discipline he'll hand out to running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, reports ESPN.com. Bell and Blount were arrested on marijuana possession charges last Wednesday, and Bell also was charged with DUI.

Given Tomlin's statement, it's possible Bell or Blount could be suspended for the regular-season opener against Cleveland, the report said.


Steelers won't suspend Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin might discipline running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount for getting charged with marijuana possession last week, but he won't suspend them, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Any discipline will be handled internally and not made public, the report said.

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount get extended work with backups


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Hours removed from being charged with marijuana possession, Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both received extra snaps with the backups deep into Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. 

Bell got the start but shared carries and was outplayed by Blount throughout the night. He took nine handoffs for 23 yards, averaging only 2.6 yards per attempt. He caught only one pass for 3 yards while being targeted twice. Blount had seven carries for 32 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt. He caught all three of his targets for 14 yards.

Both players played late into the game as part of a "punishment," according to head coach Mike Tomlin, per the Observer-Reporter.


Speculation: Suspensions of Steelers not nearing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) The NFL could eventually suspend Steelers running backs LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell for their charges of marijuana possession, but it won't come anytime soon, according to ESPN senior NFL writer John Clayton.

Clayton noted that it took the league 10 months to pass down a suspension for Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. The NFL has also yet to punish Browns wideout Josh Gordon, though that is expected soon.


Report: Steelers set to play backs despite legal issues


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) The Steelers are set to play running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount on Thursday night against Philadelphia, sources have told ESPN.

The two were charged with marijuana possession Wednesday while the former was also charged with DUI.


Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount charged with possession


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession Wednesday, with Bell also being charged with DUI, 93.7 The Fan reports.

Bell and Blount reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana in the car at the time of the stop, and an unidentified female with the two was also charged. All three were said to be "cooperative" with the police.


Le'Veon Bell says he 'probably will' lose goal line work to LeGarrette Blount


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Call it an off night for the Steelers run game Saturday against the Bills. Le'Veon Bell started and played the first eight snaps over two series for the Steelers but had just 11 yards on four carries and no catches. After getting three straight handoffs in the second series, Bell was replaced by LeGarrette Blount who played on eight straight snaps over two series himself but he actually did worse than Bell, totaling zero yards on three runs which included snaps with the second-team offense.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin insists their respective workloads haven't been determined yet and that Saturday's action was just a step in the process.

"We're trying to work both guys, but at the same time we want to get them enough extended action that we know them as fatigue sets in. Playing consecutive plays is a big part of that," Tomlin said. "Both guys are going to get their share but I want both guys to have the lead dog mentality, and in order to have that and do that you gotta see them for spurts of extended period of time. But don't read too much into it, we're just still growing and developing in terms of our division of labor. I like both guys, obviously, and both guys are going to be big components of why we're successful."

In a quick chat with CBSSports.com after the game, Bell said he's looking forward to learning from and sharing with Blount.

"He's going to keep me fresh, I'm going to keep him fresh," Bell said of Blount. "It's definitely important to stay fresh. Last year there were some runs I wasn't as fresh as I could have been. I could have maybe got more yards. LeGarrette, Dri [Archer], those guys are definitely going to help me out and I'm going to help them out as best as I can."

So does that mean Bell would be upset if the coaches gave Blount goal-line snaps?

"They probably will do that, that's probably what will happen," Bell said. "He's a big, strong guy, so when they put him in, he's in. We hopefully get that touchdown and I'm glad. I don't care."

Bell's comment is interesting because Blount isn't known for being the short-yardage/goal-line type. That doesn't mean he can't fit the role, of course. Blount's the bigger back of the two. Bell's versatility should put him ahead of Blount in terms of playing time, however. He's still rock solid as the kind of Fantasy running back you can confidently draft in Round 2, though pairing him with Blount and forming the Steelers backfield on your own roster is advised.

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount can't make any noise vs. Bills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount failed to make any noise Saturday night against the Bills in exhibition play.

Bell got the start and saw most of his work on the second series and finished 11 yards on four carries through the ground. He was not targeted in the passing game. Blount was utilized as the up back in some formations, lining up in front of Dri Archer. He limited to three carries for no gain. He was also targeted once in the passing game and was held without a grab.

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount share workload in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount shared the workload with the first-team offense in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Giants.

Bell got the start and both players were pulled after two drives. He ripped runs of 9 and 8 yards to start the game. Bell finished with three carries for 18 yards and one catch for 6 yards. Blount rushed for 10 yards on three carries.

Le'Veon Bell slims down to get quicker


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell reported to training camp at 232 pounds after playing at 244 last year, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He believes he'll be quicker and a better fit for the zone-blocking system, but still has the size and power to run over defenders, the paper said.

"I wanted to be lighter; I feel like I move a little better," Bell said. "I'm still strong, I'm still a big back -- 230 is still big. So I don't feel like I need to be 240. Looking at my film, when I was lighter, I made cuts a lot quicker, I was faster. I feel better around that weight, so I'm going to stay around that weight."

Steelers unveil initial depth chart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The Steelers released their initial depth chart on Sunday, just a few days before their first preseason game against the Giants.

At wide receiver, the listed second-year pro Markus Wheaton as the starter opposite of Antonio Brown. Lance Moore is listed as the primary backup to Wheaton, andJustin Brown is the primary backup to Brown.

At running back, the team listed newcomer LeGarrette Blount behind Le'Veon Bell, followed by Dri Archer and Tauren Poole.

Le'Veon Bell not practicing again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is not practicing Wednesday, according to Steelers Depot. He left Sunday's practice with a tight hamstring, then missed Monday's workout. The team was off Tuesday.

Bothered by hamstring, Le'Veon Bell sits out Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will sit out Monday's practice after leaving early Sunday due to a tight hamstring, reports Steelers Depot. Bell told reporters the hamstring has been bothering him for a few days.

The Steelers are off Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see if Bell returns Wednesday.


Le'Veon Bell's hamstring issue not believed to be serious


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has a tight hamstring that caused him to leave practice Sunday, but coach Mike Tomlin told reporters he doesn't think the issue is serious. There's a chance Bell could practice Monday, Tomlin said.