QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
10 hours ago

Bell's groin was bothering him prior to Sunday's game against the Patriots, when he was forced into an early exit after aggravating the ailment further, Barry Wilner of The Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell admitted after Sunday's defeat that he'd been internally micromanaging his injury in the buildup to Pittsburgh's AFC championship appearance, when he thought he'd be able to play through the discomfort he'd been experiencing. However, after his groin problem was aggravated by a tackle he took early on, Bell estimated he was about 50 percent healthy, resulting in him removing himself from the contest after be handed just six carries. With the Steelers' season now over, Bell should have plenty of time to return to full health this offseason, but his revelation that his groin was an issue prior to Sunday at least provides some extra context regarding his early exit.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 day ago

Bell (groin) is questionable to return to Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots, Burt Lauten of the Steelers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Unless Bell is able to return, DeAngelo Williams will take over lead-back duties for the remainder of the game.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
4 days ago

Bell missed practice Thursday for personal reasons, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Bell also missed practice Wednesday, Fowler relays that coach Mike Tomlin indicated that the running back's absence won't affect either his preparation or status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
1 week ago

Bell rushed for 170 yards on 30 carries and secured two of five targets for minus-four yards in Sunday's 18-16 divisonal-round win over the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Bell and the Steelers defense were the keys to the upset victory, as he set a franchise postseason rushing record and parlayed his trademark patience and superb vision into robust gains throughout all four quarters. Bell has now rushed for 337 yards over Pittsburgh's first two playoff tilts, and has accrued a whopping 63 total touches over that span. Given his MVP-caliber production, Bell is sure to be the focal point of the Steelers attack in next week's conference championship showdown against the Patriots, where they'll potentially also look to get him reinvolved in the passing attack. After compiling 75 receptions on 94 targets during 12 regular-season games, Bell has just four receptions for three yards in the Steelers' two playoff contests.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
2 weeks ago

Bell didn't participate in Wednesday's practice session.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week that Bell may be given a day off after he ran 29 times in last week's wild-card win over the Dolphins. He's expected to return to practice tomorrow, when he'll prepare for a Sunday's game against a porous Chiefs run defense.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
2 weeks ago

Bell may not take part in practice Wednesday, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports. "Bell has some bumps and bruises associated with play," head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. "He touched it a few times, so I may give him a day, on Wednesday. "

EDGE Analysis

After taking a seat in Week 17, Bell received more than a few touches once the Steelers posted a pair of early TD connections between Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown on Sunday. In all, Bell accounted for 29 carries for a franchise playoff-best 167 yards, so a day off Wednesday would be warranted for the four-year pro. No matter the regimen be follows as the week goes on, he'll be preparing to exploit the Chiefs' 26th-ranked run defense this Sunday.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
2 weeks ago

Bell carried 29 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's wild card game against the Dolphins. He also caught both targets for seven yards in the 30-12 win.

EDGE Analysis

Making his first career playoff appearance, Bell gashed Miami for 5.8 yards per carry to set a Steelers franchise postseason rushing record. He was not as involved as he normally is in the passing game, but the early lead Pittsburgh jumped out to was a large factor in that development. Bell is firing at all cylinders at the moment and will likely receive as many touches as he can handle next week in what should be a tougher matchup against the Chiefs.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
2 weeks ago

The Steelers plan to use their franchise tag on Bell in advance of free agency this offseason, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the report, the tag for running backs figures to be worth more than $12 million, while the anticipated move would give both sides the opportunity to work out a long-term deal for Bell. In any case, barring an unexpected change of heart, it's clear that the Steelers don't plan on losing the versatile back in free agency after the current campaign, with the team also of a mind to extend the contract of star wideout Antonio Brown, who is under contact next season. QB Ben Roethlisberger is already signed through 2019.

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

Bell is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

With the Steelers locked into the No. 3 playoff seed in the AFC, the team has elected to give certain key players a breather in advance of the playoffs, with Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown also inactive in Week 17. With Bell resting, look for DeAngelo Williams and Fitzgerald Toussaint to handle the Steelers' rushing load Sunday.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
4 weeks ago3 Comments

With Bell expected to sit out Sunday's game against the Browns, DeAngelo Williams and Fitzgerald Toussaint are in line to head the Steelers' Week 17 rushing attack, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Bell, QB Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown all candidates to be inactive Sunday with the team's playoff seeding locked in, opportunity knocks for Pittsburgh's key reserves at the skill positions. Williams, who is bouncing back from a knee injury, hasn't logged a carry since Nov. 6, so Sunday's contest could provide him with the opportunity to shake some rust off in advance of the postseason.