Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 month ago2 Comments

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension was reduced to two games by the NFL on Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bell is being punished for violating the league's policy on substance abuse prior to last season, but he ultimately had his suspension reduced following a settlement that was reached Tuesday. The 23-year-old was among the most valuable players in the league last season as he racked up 2,215 total yards and 11 touchdowns, and his availability for even one extra game is important to the Pittsburgh offense. He will now miss only the season opener versus the New England Patriots and the Week 2 matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers while he serves his ban. With the depth at the skill positions, the solidity of the team's offensive line and the return to form of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Bell could still rival last season's numbers even in a shortened season.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 month ago

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is negotiating a settlement with the NFL that could reduce his current three-game suspension to one or two games, according to ESPN. Bell was suspended for a 2014 violation of the league's policy on substance abuse and has been awaiting a response to a formal appeal submitted in April. "I want to make sure I do everything in my power to be a better teammate and player," Bell said on the first day of training camp. "I most definitely want the suspension reduced, but I have no idea how the league will handle it. Whatever the consequence is, I'll take it... You have to take the good with the bad." This is potentially very good news for the team, as Bell was a huge part of the offense last season when he racked up 2,215 total yards and 11 touchdowns.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 month ago3 Comments

Pittsburgh Steelers running Le'Veon Bell is still without a scheduled date for the appeal of his three-game suspension, according to NFL Network. Bell, who was suspended for violating the league's drug policy last August, formally filed an appeal in April.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 2 months ago2 Comments

Bell is appealing his three-game suspension from a substance abuse policy violation, and his appeal has not been heard, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Bell, who accumulated a total of 2,215 total yards last season, continues to play the waiting game to see when he will officially be able to line up in the Steelers' backfield this season. Until a decision regarding the status of Bell's suspension is made, it is believed that offseason acquisition DeAngelo Williams will act as the starter in Bell's absence.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 3 months ago1 Comment

Bell, who is slated to serve a three-game suspension to start the coming season, relays that the knee he hyperextended in the Steelers' regular-season finale is "close to 100 percent again," ESPN.com reports.

With that in mind, Bell indicates that he will be ready to play as soon as the league permits him to do so. The running back -- who ran for 1,361 yards last season -- has appealed his suspension, but until a determination is made by the NFL on that front, we'll continue to operate under the assumption that free agent acquisition DeAngelo Williams will fill in for Bell out of the gate this season.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 5 months ago

Bell has been suspended three games for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Bell will also be fined an additional game check, but per Schefter, the Steelers' back plans to appeal. It had been previously reported that Bell was facing a two-game suspension stemming from marijuana and DUI charges last August, so the punishment turned out to be a bit harsher than expected. After collecting over 2,000 total yards and 11 combined touchdowns in 2014, Bell was expected to be a clear cut first-rounder in most 2015 drafts. Although this still may hold true, owners who go this route risk having to wait until Week 4 to utilize the 23-year-old's services.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 7 months ago1 Comment

Bell faces a potential two-game suspension to start the 2015 season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana and DUI charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.It remains to be seen if and when such a ruling will be handed down by the league, but the report indicates that a two-game suspension is an expected outcome for Bell, who was the NFL's second-leading rusher this past season, with 1,361 yards to go along eight rushing touchdowns. The 22-year-old running back was also the Steelers' second-leading receiver in 2014, with 83 catches for 854 yards and three receiving TDs. We'll await further word on Bell's status to start the coming season, but if he is indeed suspended, his value in re-draft formats will obviously take a bit of a hit, while the Steelers will need to come up with alternate backfield arrangements out of the gate.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 7 months ago3 Comments

Bell may be suspended by the NFL for an incident back in August that led to charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Bell was accepted into a 15-month probationary program, and with the court case finally resolved, the NFL can hand down a suspension. Bell's attorney, Robert Del Greco, said that league guidelines suggest a one or two-game suspension. It's probably not a good sign that Bell's attorney is admitting as much, and we should know more within the next few weeks. This will likely add a wrinkle to the beginning of 2015 fantasy drafts, as Bell was the early favorite to go first overall in many leagues.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 8 months ago

Bell indicated Monday that his injured knee feels good enough for him to play in the NFL Pro Bowl later this month, ESPN.com reports.

Bell missed this past Saturday's playoff loss to the Ravens with a hyperextended right knee, but he believes that he would have been able to play this coming weekend, had the Steelers advanced. In any case, Bell's knee won't be an issue as the 2015 season approaches, at which time he'll reprise his duties as Pittsburgh's top back, on the heels of an outstanding 2014 campaign in which carried 290 times for 1,361 yards and eight TDs, while also catching 83 passes for 854 yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 8 months ago

The Steelers have ruled Bell (knee) out for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens, the team's official site reports.

With Bell out this weekend, ESPN.com notes that Josh Harris is in line to start in his place, with Dri Archer and the recently-signed Ben Tate, to a lesser degree, also in the mix for touches in the Steelers' backfield on Saturday.