Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
2 days ago

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Bell is highly conditioned and will be busy in Sunday's game against Kansas City, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tomlin confirmed that Bell stayed in top condition during a three-game suspension to open the season, setting the star running back up to take on a heavy workload from the outset. Even in a tough matchup against Kansas City, the shifty 24-year-old is a no-question starter in all formats. Bell was officially activated Monday.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
3 days ago

Bell has officially been activated from the Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner list, per NFL.com.

EDGE Analysis

After serving a three-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Bell was eligible for reinstatement on Monday and is now formally the top running back in Pittsburgh once again. He may serve as one of the team's top receiving options right off the bat as well; the Steelers have lacked an elite option in the passing game behind All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown through the first three weeks of the season, as DeAngelo Williams (14) and tight end Jesse James (10) are second and third on the team in receptions, respectively, behind Brown's 24. This is a void Bell should help fill, and fill well, as the multi-faceted tailback corralled a gaudy 83 receptions for 854 receiving yards and three touchdowns in his last fully-healthy, 16-game season. While it's unclear how many touches Williams may command after his admirable showing as the Steelers' lead back, Bell is positioned to embark on his delayed 2016 campaign as a top fantasy option across all formats.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
3 days ago

Bell has yet to be activated from the Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner list, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Having logged a three-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Bell is eligible to return to the Steelers and serve as the featured back. However, under league rules, the team has a deadline of 4 PM ET on Thursday in order to bump him up to the 53-man roster. During his absence, the backfield has been in the capable hands of veteran DeAngelo Williams, but Bell will retake the reins as he's further recovered from the torn MCL that ended his 2015 campaign in Week 8.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
3 days ago

Bell will rejoin the Steelers on Monday after serving his three-game suspension, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell watched his team go 2-1 in his absence, with veteran DeAngelo Williams rushing for the sixth-most yards (258) in the league to this point as well. While Bell figures to reclaim the vast majority of the Steelers' backfield workload form Williams, his return from suspension also figures to help Pittsburgh's passing game, where they've lacked a consistent alternative option to star Antonio Brown. In fact, Williams boasts the second-most receptions (14) among his Steelers teammates right now, evidencing the huge upside Bell has in reassuming his lead role this Sunday against the Chiefs.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 month ago

Bell (suspension) is among the Steelers' key players not slated to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

The same applies to DeAngelo Williams, who is set to fill in for Bell while he serves a three-game suspension to start the season. On Thursday, the team's depth backs will have an opportunity to make their cases for complementary roles heading into the regular season. Bell's next game action is slated to arrive on Oct. 2, when the Steelers face the Chiefs at home in Week 4.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 month ago

Bell (suspension) gained 21 yards on three carries and 37 yards on five receptions (five targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown only made brief appearances, but Bell played deep into the second quarter, perhaps because he uncharacteristically lost a fumble early in the game. Regardless, Bell appeared to be in mid-season form, showing no signs of the knee injury that brought his 2015 campaign to an early end. After he serves a three-game suspension to start the season, Bell should slide right back in as the premiere asset at his position. DeAngelo Williams figures to handle a heavy workload in his absence, with Fitzgerald Toussaint and/or Daryl Richardson occasionally mixing in.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 month ago

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Bell (suspension) will play in Friday's preseason game against the Saints, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Steelers rested some key veterans for their first two exhibitions, but Friday's game will serve as a tune-up for Week 1, allowing Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown to make their only appearances of the preseason. Coming off November knee surgery, Bell has been a full participant throughout training camp, though he will miss the first three games of the regular season due to a suspension.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 month ago1 Comment

Bell (suspension) had his suspension reduced on Thursday from four games to three, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell's suspension for missed drug tests was reduced through a settlement by the NFL and the NFLPA. Bell is unquestionably one of the top fantasy running backs, averaging over 100 yards from scrimmage per game before being injured after just six tilts last season. The reduction in his suspension increases his fantasy stock slightly, while minorly reducing that of DeAngelo Williams, who'll be the team's No. 1 back while Bell is out.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 month ago4 Comments

Bell (suspension) said he still hasn't heard back from the league in regard to his appeal of a four-game suspension, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

When Bell's suspension was announced in late July, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the appeal would take place in the second week of August. That obviously hasn't happened, and it's now unclear when the hearing will be held, though the league will presumably address the matter before Week 1. Bell was one of many key Steelers held out of the preseason opener, but he seems to have made a full recovery from last year's knee surgery.

Le'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
2 months ago

Bell (knee) is among the key Steelers not in line to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Lions, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per coach Mike Tomlin, it can be "generally assumed" that Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, DeAngelo Williams Maurkice Pouncey will not see the playing field against the Lions on Friday. Meanwhile, as Bell continues to potentially face a four-game suspension to start the regular season, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review relays that Tomlin said he did not have an update on that front. Previous reports have suggested a resolution on the matter should arrive at some point later this month.