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

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team does not have a rehab timetable for Bell (groin), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reports. "Our goal is to have [Bell] 100 percent for the 2017 season," Colbert said.

EDGE Analysis

Bell had surgery March 13 to repair the core muscle injury that left him sidelined for most of the AFC Championship Game. He also received the Steelers' franchise tag earlier this offseason, with the two sides hoping to reach a long-term agreement while Bell recovers from his surgery. There's still plenty of time before the July 15 deadline, and Bell's rehab process isn't expected to interfere with his Week 1 availability. While the current injury shouldn't have too much impact on negotiations, the Steelers can't ignore that their star running back has missed 20 of a possible 70 games since entering the league in 2013.

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

Bell (groin) underwent surgery Monday to repair a core muscle injury, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell was previously anticipated to avoid going under the knife, but after a groin injury kept him sidelined for the majority of Pittsburgh's AFC championship loss, surgery was apparently deemed the best course of action to help him long-term. While Bell, who has missed 20 of 70 possible games since entering the league, will now be forced to come back from another injury, the procedure's six-week timetable doesn't figure to keep him out of action very long.

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

Bell and the Steelers are deep into negotiations over a long-term contract, NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell received Pittsburgh's franchise tag to start this week, giving his representatives and the Steelers until July 15 to reach agreement on a long-term deal. However, after inking wideout Antonio Brown to a new five-year contract Monday, it appears the Steelers are already close to cementing Bell's future with the team as well. While it's unclear exactly when to expect Bell's deal to be finalized, the report seems to suggest that news could come sooner than later.

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

Bell (groin) received the franchise tag from the Steelers on Monday, Adam Schefter ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

By placing the franchise tag on Bell the Steelers have secured his place with the team through at least the 2017 season. It remains unclear if Bell will sign the franchise tag, which will guarantee him roughly $12 million for the year, or if he'll hold out for a multi-year extension. When healthy, Bell has been one of the best backs in the NFL. He totaled 1,268 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 261 carries in 2016, and he added an additional 616 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 75 catches, all while appearing in just 12 regular season games. However, he's missed time in the past due to multiple suspensions, knee injuries, and his current groin injury, which could make the Steelers hesitant to agree to a high-priced, long-term extension.

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

Bell (groin) isn't expected to undergo groin surgery this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per Rapoport, a procedure would have been performed at this point, if specialists deemed it crucial to Bell's long-term health. Instead, Bell will focus on rehabilitating the groin injury that forced him to sit out all but 11 of the Steelers' 69 offensive snaps in the AFC championship game. In the coming days, the organization must choose whether to apply its franchise tag to Bell by March 1, work out a long-term deal by March 9, or risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent after 4 PM ET on the latter date. The 25-year-old has recorded at least 1,800 total yards, 75 receptions, and nine touchdowns in two of the last three seasons, but multiple suspensions and ailments have wiped away 20 of a possible 70 games in his four-year career, so the front office may be reticent to allocate significant money to the All-Pro.

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

Bell, who missed the bulk of the AFC Championship game due to a groin injury, is unsure at this stage if he'll opt for offseason surgery to address the issue, NFL.com reports. "I'm kind of in the process of seeing a couple of doctors, seeing if I have to get surgery or not," Bell noted Wednesday. "I'm hoping for the best, but I understand it's a tough game. If I don't get surgery, I go into the rehab process, work hard, get back to how I was last year, or actually, better."

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, Bell is on track to become a free agent this offseason, unless the Steelers utilize their franchise tag on him, which is a distinct possibility. With that in mind, the 24-year-old running back suggests that he's not looking to leave Pittsburgh. "Obviously, I want to play with the Steelers. I don't want to change teams and things like that," he noted. "Hopefully we get all that settled, and hopefully they show some love because obviously I feel like I'm the best running back in the league." Bell finished the 2016 regular season with 261 carries for 1,268 yards and seven TDs over the course of 12 games. He also caught 75 passes for 616 yards and two receiving scores in that span.

QLe'Veon Bell
RB PIT (8)
2 months 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)
2 months 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)
2 months 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)
2 months 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.