SUSLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
8 hours 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.

SUSLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 week 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.

SUSLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 week 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.

SUSLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
2 weeks 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.

SUSLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
3 weeks ago

Bell -- who continues to face a reported four-game suspension to start the upcoming season -- indicates that he feels as though he is past the right MCL and PCL issues that ended his 2015 campaign, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I feel like I am ready," Bell said. "I feel like I can go out there and get tackled or whatever it may be. As long as my knee doesn't swell and I don't have any setbacks, I plan to do more. My right leg feels crazy strong."

EDGE Analysis

Bell, whose ACL was not impacted by the injury that ended his season in Week 8 last season, has worked his way back slowly and while his health is rounding into form to the point that he feels that he has got "all (his) speed back," questions continue to swirl surrounding his availability for the first four weeks of the season, as a result of the four-game suspension he reportedly faces for violating the NFL's drug policy. Per the report, Bell's appeal on that front is set to be heard within two weeks, after which fantasy owners should gain clarity with regard to the running back's early-season status. In the event that Bell is indeed required to sit out Pittsburgh's first four games in 2016, DeAngelo Williams would be in line to head the team's backfield out of the gate, with Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson candidates to back Williams up early on.

SUSLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
4 weeks ago

Bell (knee/suspension) already appears to be at full strength, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

EDGE Analysis

Kaboly joking estimated that Bell's knee is about "107 percent" healthy. Given that the star running back is nine months removed from tearing his MCL and PCL (but not ACL), it's not exactly surprising to hear he's made a full recovery. The far greater concern is Bell's looming four-game suspension, with his appeal set to be heard during the second week of August. He reportedly missed an offseason drug test, but he seems to believe the situation was nothing more than a miscommunication. After initially saying he would win the appeal, Bell sounded far less certain when asked again this past weekend.

SUSLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
4 weeks ago

Bell (knee) opened training camp with back-to-back full practices Friday and Saturday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell's life off the field produced a four-game suspension, barring his appeal in the next few weeks, but he's a dynamo on the field when 100 percent, or even less so. Nine months after tearing the MCL and PCL in his right knee, he participated in 11-on-11 drills, marking his first such practice since the injury. He followed that up with instances of jumping and cutting on a wet field Saturday. Bell's ability to emerge from those sessions without issue implies that he's more or less completed his rehab. After the Steelers don pads for the first time in camp Sunday, we should have a better indication of his health, but the impending (potential) ban hanging over his head puts DeAngelo Williams firmly in the crosshairs of owners this draft season.

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

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday that the appeal of Bell's (knee) four-game suspension will take place in the second week of August, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

In conjunction with Tomlin's remarks, Bell wouldn't elaborate on the reason for allegedly missing drug tests, which precipitated his second ban related to the topic. The distraction aside, Bell expected to be fully recovered from last season's MCL and PCL tears at the start of training camp. The Steelers' first practice will ultimately relay his current level of health, but DeAngelo Williams is yet again in a prime position to have sustained relevance for the first quarter of the 2016 schedule.

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

Bell says he will win the appeal of the potential four-game suspension he faces for missing drug tests and won't miss any games as a result of the situation, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell's rejection of potential suspension talk came in the form of a comment from his verified Instagram account on a picture posted by someone else. While it's unclear exactly why Bell is confident he won't ultimately serve a suspension, his reported looming discipline stems from missing drug tests. According to the league's collective bargaining agreement, a player can miss up to two drug tests without forfeiting games, but a four-game suspension is triggered upon a third missed test. At the moment, Bell has not been suspended, but his situation is obviously one of huge importance for fantasy owners to monitor going forward.

SUSLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 month ago21 Comments

Bell could be given a four-game suspension by the NFL for missing a recent drug test, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

The report clarifies that Bell did not fail a test, but simply did not show up for one recently, and the reason a suspension hasn't been announced is because he is appealing the punishment. Bell was suspended for the first three games of last season, which was then reduced to two, for a violation of the league's drug policy, and if he is forced to sit out again, DeAngelo Williams will likely start in his place.