PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
10 hours 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.

PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
4 days 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.

PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
7 days 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.

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

Bell (knee) said Tuesday he will be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell is already doing individual work, including running and cutting, at the first round of OTAs. Although the Steelers will likely take things slow, Bell is nearly seven months removed from tearing his MCL, which should give him more than enough to get ready for camp. Despite suffering season-ending injuries the past two years, he has a strong argument to the first running back drafted, offering an unparalleled combination of running ability, receiving skills and team context.

PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
3 months ago

Bell -- who tore his MCL in Week 8 of the 2015 season -- is pleased with the work he has been doing of late with Owens Recovery Science, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the report, Owens "focuses on maintaining muscles around a rehabbing knee using a treatment called blood flow restriction." Though Bell's injury rehab appears to be progressing in the right direction, at this stage the Steelers don't have a precise timetable for the running back's return, but Bell does hopes to be back in time to be ready for Week 1 of the upcoming season.

PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
4 months ago

Bell, who is recovering from a torn right MCL that he suffered last November, has been jogging of late, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

That said, Bell indicates that his current injury rehab plan is "real conservative" at this time, though he did note that the only thing he's not cleared for yet "is cutting and sprinting." In any case, while it's encouraging to see Bell progress, the Steelers have not yet placed a timetable on the the running back's return to the field. With that in mind, even if Bell is able to participate in training camp this summer, the report suggests that the Steelers will likely limit the contact that their top running back sees in that scenario.

PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
5 months ago

Bell, who is recovering from a torn right MCL that he suffered on Nov. 1, relayed Tuesday that he has been cleared to run, pennlive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Bell's availability for the coming season has yet to be solidified at this stage, the fact that the 24-year-old has progressed to this point following November surgery to address his torn MCL and possible PCL damage, is nonetheless encouraging. As free agency approaches, in addition to Bell, fellow running backs DeAngelo Williams, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson are under contract with the Steelers for the 2016 campaign.

PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
6 months ago

Bell (knee) still has not been cleared to run, according to ESPN.com staff writer Jeremy Fowler. "Once I get cleared to run, I'll be happy," Bell said. "I just want to get back to how I am and get ready for next season."

EDGE Analysis

Bell is expected to be ready for Week 1, but has a challenging rehabilitation process ahead of him for the torn MCL and PCL sustained in Week 8 of the 2015 season. A healthy Bell tops many fantasy cheat sheets, so his progess should be monitored during the offseason right up to draft day.

PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
7 months ago

Bell ran for 556 yards and three touchdowns on 113 carries before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He also hauled in 24-of-26 targets for 136 receiving yards.

EDGE Analysis

Bell's 2015 campaign was cut short, first by a suspension, then again after he suffered MCL/PCL injuries in his right knee. As a result, he was only on the field for six games. Just 23 years old, Bell, is expected to make a full recovery in time for next season, and should return to his role as a three-down back in the Steelers' high-powered offense.

PLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
9 months ago

The Steelers are confident that Bell (knee) will be ready for the start of next season, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Bell will miss the rest of this season with MCL/PCL injuries in his right knee, head coach Mike Tomlin said Bell's ACL remains intact, so he is not facing a recovery timetable that would cost him more games next year. It's not clear when Bell will be 100 percent again, but a more definitive timeline for his recovery will be known after the Steelers' medical staff decides whether or not he needs surgery to repair the damage in his knee.