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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%: 99/87 | Average Draft Position: 17.03
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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.

Le'Veon Bell leaves early with 'tight hamstring'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell left Sunday's practice with a "tight hamstring that needs to be further evaluated," coach Mike Tomlin told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Steelers could mix, match 'B&B backfield'


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2014) The Steelers might mix and match running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount more than originally expected, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I don't think you'll be able to tell anything with the first two guys," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of what could become known as the B&B backfield. "The key for me is to not know which one is in there. To have that much confidence and faith in both of them, that both can get it done whether it's running, catching or blocking."

The Steelers want to get their no-huddle offense to a point where they do not have to change personnel on the fly. If the backs can serve different roles from snap to snap, that versatility makes them more valuable.

"The nice thing is we can start a series with certain personnel and we can keep that personnel on the field and go no-huddle," Roethlisberger said. "So we can try to dictate what defense comes on the field so we can get in the best play possible."


Bell calls Dri Archer 'valuable piece to our offense'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) Second-year running back Le'Veon Bell heaped uncommon praise upon rookie speedster Dri Archer in an interview on the Steelers' web site. Archer, the team's third-round pick, is going to be a big part of the team according to Bell. 

"He's going to be a very valuable piece to our offense considering the things he can do out of the backfield and at slot receiver and just his speed in general," Bell said. "(As a defense), you have to account for that. He's definitely going to be a featured part of the offense. I was happy with the pick."

Archer caught 99 passes for 1,194 yards and 12 touchdowns in 21 games at Kent State. He also ran for 2,342 yards and 24 scores and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.


Le'Veon Bell breaks down Steelers run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) In a Q&A on the Steelers' official website, second-year rusher Le'Veon Bell isn't taking the starting job for granted. Moreover, he sees where he fits in with LeGarrette Blount

"He's a big guy. He's going to go in there and bruise some things down," Bell said of Blount's role. "I look at myself not as a bruiser but not as a scat-back, either. I do a little bit of both. I like juking, catching balls out of the backfield, lowering my shoulder. He likes running downhill. It's definitely going to be a good change of pace. The run game should definitely be good this year."


Le'Veon Bell still feature back over LeGarrette Blount


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/31/2014) Even with the addition of running back LeGarrette Blount, the Steelers still plan to lean on Le'Veon Bell, reports ESPN.

The report says the Steelers "are committed to Le'Veon Bell as their feature back -- as they should be." He will continue to get the majority of the carries, but Blount does provide the Steelers much-needed insurance behind Bell.


LeGarrette Blount gets $3.85 million over two years


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) The Steelers gave running back LeGarrette Blount a two-year, $3.85 million contract, including a $950,000 signing bonus, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The former Patriot will back up Le'Veon Bell.

Steelers 'optimistic' they'll find backup RB


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) There's no secret that the Steelers are looking for a backup running back behind Le'Veon Bell. Last week they had ex-Jaguars rusher Maurice Jones-Drew in for a visit and former Patriots runner LeGarrette Blount will visit the team on Friday. 

"We're looking to add depth at that position, and a guy of that caliber, a been-there, done-that type of veteran, will be an asset for us," Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We need to have depth in that area and we will in the not-too-distant future, whether it's in free agency or the draft."

Last year Bell had 244 of the team's 342 rushes (71 pct.) in the 13 games he played in. Currently the only backs behind Bell on the depth chart are Alvester Alexander, Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole. None of them have carried the ball during the regular season.


Steelers excited about Le'Veon Bell's receiving skills


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Despite missing the first three games with a sprained foot, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell caught 45 passes for 399 yards as a rookie. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports coaches are excited about Bell's ability as a receiver.

Bell's 45 receptions were the most by a Steelers running back since fullback John L. Williams caught 51 passes in 1994. Bell doesn't leave the field on third downs, so if he plays a full season he could catch 60 passes.


Steelers facing decisions on three running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The Steelers will try to re-sign free agent running backs Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling but not Felix Jones, reports ESPN.com. Dwyer would be an ideal backup to Le'Veon Bell but might leave for a chance to play more, the report said.

Stephens-Howling must prove he's healthy following ACL surgery. If he's the only one who returns, the Steelers would seek to bolster the position through free agency or the draft, the report said.


Le'Veon Bell gives himself a B-plus for rookie year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who set a franchise rookie record with 1,259 yards from scrimmage in just 13 games, gave himself a B-plus when asked to grade his 2013 season.

"I think I had a pretty good rookie season, especially with the foot injury and hurting my knee at the beginning of the year," he told CBS Sports Radio. "Just learning and continuing to get better, that's all I want to do."


Le'Veon Bell 'the total package'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell turned out to be "everything the Steelers hoped when they spent a No. 2 pick on him last April -- a three-down back who can run it, catch it, protect the quarterback," according to the team's website. "He’s athletic and a tough guy when necessary. The total package."

Bell set a franchise rookie record with 1,259 yards from scrimmage and ended the season on a three-game scoring streak.


Le'Veon Bell to get boost with new OL coach


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/24/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell should benefit with the addition of new offensive line coach Mike Munchak, reports ESPN.

The report says Bell "will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the improvement that should take place up front" with Munchak now on the staff. The Steelers are expected to install a zone blocking scheme under Munchak.

Bell rushed for 860 yards last season despite missing the first three games with a foot injury and broke Franco Harris' Steelers record for yards from scrimmage for a rookie (1,259).


Le'Veon Bell scores again to close out season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell finishes his rookie season on a three-game scoring streak, after he found the end zone yet again in a 20-7 win over the Browns in Week 17.

Bell rushed the ball 20 times for 90 yards in the game, and scored from 5 yards out in the second quarter to give him his eighth touchdown of the season. He added one catch for 6 yards.

Bell received plenty of carries as a rookie, making up for his somewhat disappointing lack of big plays. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry, but still racked up 860 yards on the strength of 244 carries. He also added 45 receptions for 399 yards, pushing him over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a rookie.  


Le'Veon Bell looking to close rookie season strong


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Coming off the best game of his career, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will look to finish the season on a high note in Week 17 against the Browns.

Bell rushed for 124 yards in Week 16, a career-high mark. He had his third-best game against this same Browns team in Week 12, when he rushed for 80 yards on 23 carries, while adding 18 yards on two receptions.

The Browns have been solid overall against the run recently, allowing just two touchdowns over the last eight games; opposing backs are averaging just 15.5 Fantasy points per game in that span.

Bell is sure to get a solid workload moving forward, having received at least 20 touches in each of the last eight games. Given that workload, Bell should remain a solid starting Fantasy option, regardless of matchup in Week 17.  


Le'Veon Bell runs for career-best 124 yards in Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell did more Sunday than become the first 100-yard rusher for the Steelers this season. He overcame a critical fumble to lead his team to its fourth win in six games and keep the hope of a .500 season alive.

Bell muffed one for the first time in his young career in the middle of the third quarter, giving Green Bay the ball on the shadow of the Pittsburgh goal line and eventually resulting in a touchdown that handed the Packers a 21-17 lead.

He made up for it, however, with some brilliant running thereafter and capped his finest perrformance of the year with a 1-yard, game-winning scoring plunge with 1:28 remaining.

Bell finished with 124 yards on a workmanlike 26 carries and added one catch for 5 yards. His 4.8 YPC was his best since Week 7 against Baltimore - the third game of his career.

He and his teammates will seek to secure their eighth victory in the last 12 against visiting Cleveland in Week 17.


Will Le'Veon Bell finally have a 100-yard rushing performance?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has achieved a lot during his rookie season, but one thing he hasn't checked off his list has been a 100-yard rushing performance. A Week 16 showdown against the Packers presents as good as any opportunity for Bell to finally produce his first 100-yard rushing game.

Running backs are averaging 111.1 rushing yards per game against Green Bay. In fact, that average has been much higher the last seven games, as running backs have averaged 150.9 rushing yards. The Packers have allowed a running back to surpass 100 rushing yards six times, with DeMarco Murray being the latest running back in Week 15.

Running backs are also averaging 40.7 receiving yards and 19.3 Fantasy points per week, while totaling 11 rushing touchdowns in 14 games.

Bell has totaled at least 10 Fantasy points in six games, including two of the last three. He's averaging 12 Fantasy points per game in the last eight weeks. This is a great matchup for Bell, so make sure to keep him active in all Fantasy formats.


Le'Veon Bell gets season-high 29 touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) With the Steelers up big most of the night vs. Cincinnati, rookie running back Le'Veon Bell saw a season-high 29 touches. He ran 24 times for 57 yards and a touchdown and caught all five of his targets for 50 yards.

Bell opened the scoring with a 1-yard run less than five minutes in. It was his sixth rushing score in 11 games. Bell's longest reception went 17 yards, his longest run 8 yards. He has 43 catches this season.

Bell will stay heavily involved Week 16 when the Steelers visit the Packers.


Le'Veon Bell set for another big workload


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was out with a foot injury when Pittsburgh visited Cincinnati in Week 2. He'll face the Bengals for the first time Week 15.

It's a tough matchup for the rookie, as Cincy gives up the 5th-fewest Fantasy points (12.8 per game) to opposing running backs. The Bengals allow 3.8 yards per carry and have not allowed a running back to score since Week 4. In fact, running backs have more lost fumbles (4) than touchdowns (3) vs. Cincy.

The great thing about Bell, other than his talent, is his workload. He's gotten at least 20 touches in six straight games and has no real competition for carries. Bell has 30 catches over his last seven games.

He's a solid RB2 despite the matchup.


Le'Veon Bell can't break out in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was back on the field in Week 14 against the Dolphins, but was mostly held in check in a 34-28 loss Sunday.

Bell rushed the ball 16 times for 63 yards, as he struggled to break loose against the Dolphins defense. He had a long rush of just 9 yards, and was held out of the end zone for the third time in four games. He added five receptions for 25 yards.

Bell has received a big workload as a rookie, but is still averaging just 3.4 yards per carry on the season. He enters Week 15 against the Bengals with 591 rushing yards on 175 carries.  


Le'Veon Bell makes his return without missing time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is active for Week 14 against the Dolphins, despite leaving the team's previous game with a concussion. Bell was officially considered probable for Sunday's game, so his status doesn't come as much of a surprise. 

Steelers release injury report with mostly probables for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Seven players dot the Steelers injury list released Friday, but only defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) and guard Kelvin Beachum (knee) are unlikely to play Sunday against the Dolphins. Keisel has been ruled out while Beachum is doubtful.

Defensive tackle Steve McLendon (ankle) is questionable while offensive linemen David DeCastro (foot) and Mike Adams (ankle), running back Le'Veon Bell (concussion) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (calf) are probable.


Le'Veon Bell in line for big week


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell suffered a scary looking concussion in the team's last game, but a few extra days off appears to have been exactly what he needed to be ready for Week 14 against the Dolphins.

Bell was cleared for full practice Thursday, and looks to be on track to play this Sunday, barring a setback. He will have a great matchup to attack if he is able to take the field, as the Dolphins have been one of the league's worst defenses when it comes to stopping the run.

Opposing running backs have totaled just 22 points over the last two games, but that appears to be an outlier, based on the season as a whole. Miami ranks 25th in the league in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs this season, at 19.7 per game. The Dolphins have allowed 12 touchdowns to running backs this season, though none have come over the last three games.

Bell appears likely to play this week, though he does have to pass one more test before being cleared for Sunday. If he does play, he could be in line for yet another strong performance. At this point, Bell looks like he should be considered a solid starting Fantasy option in all formats. 


Le'Veon Bell says he's healthy again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) Steelers featured back Le'Veon Bell said he has passed concussion protocol, indicating that he will be cleared to play Sunday against Miami, per ESPN. He was a full participant in Thursday practice.

Bell has become more productive with time. He has rushed for 153 yards on 39 carries and a touchdown in the last two games combined and caught a season-high seven passes in Week 13.