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LeVeon Bell says foot is '100 percent'
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11:47am
RB LeVeon Bell missed the first preseason game with a bruised knee. His only action with the Steelers, other than in early training camp practices, came in the second preseason game when he carried four times for 9 yards and left with a right mid-foot sprain. He did not resume practice until last week, and now says his foot has recovered "100 percent."
Tackle Marcus Gilbert said, "He's an Adrian Peterson-type -- I don't want to put him in the same category yet, but he has that type of playmaking ability to break tackles and get yards after he's hit. Le'Veon is a special back we're glad to have back."
If Bell is truly 100 percent, he could be in line for feature back type touches on Sunday in a pretty good matchup with the Vikings. It's tough to get excited about a rookie coming off of an injury who is playing his first game on the road behind a patchwork offensive line.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 11:39am
"Honestly, I have no idea with him," Roethlisberger said. "You can't get a read on him. One day, he's practicing, one day, he's not; one day, he's going hard, the next day, he's not. I wish I could.
"If he was a guy like Heath Miller that you knew was busting his butt every day to get back there ... Le'Veon is a rookie, I don't know him quite well enough yet. But if he can come back and help us, we'll take him."
We're not expecting much from a rookie potentially starting his first game coming off a foot sprain behind a suspect offensive line.
Glazer: Le'Veon Bell to play Week 4
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9:32am
The Steelers say Bell has progressed faster than they thought, according to Glazer. It's amazing how that can happen when you're 0-3 with not much of a running game - Bell was originally planning to play Week 6 after a Week 5 bye. Don't be surprised if Bell gets a lot of the workload, but it's also likely Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer see time as well against the Vikings, with the likely scenario being Isaac Redman is inactive, according to other reports. Bell could be a RB3 option when our rankings come out Wednesday. Keep in mind it's a struggling offensive line, but he does have long term value and will likely get a lot of work going forward as long as he can stay healthy. It could be the shot in the arm the Steelers need.
Le'Veon Bell out for Steelers, Felix Jones to start
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 7:19pm
LeVeon Bell may miss another month
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 11:41am
Bell has a rare midfoot sprain that's being classified as a Lisfranc injury, a source told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday morning, and the team is now hoping to have him return in about a month.
As recently as last week, Bell had expressed hope of returning for the next game in Cincinnati, but coach Mike Tomlin offered no update of any kind in his Tuesday news conference.
Fantasy owners waiting for Bell to return have to weigh the cost of holding onto Bell against the benefit he'll bring once (or if) he gets healthy enough to play. The Steelers running game is not likely to be any good in 2013, so at best he's looking like a fringe RB2, but is more likely to be a RB3-type if healthy.