College: Michigan State | 6 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 225 lbs
Birth Date: 2/18/1992
2018 Bye Week: 7
Non-Football Injury - NFI List
Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 140 RB
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will not report to the team by the 4 pm ET deadline on Tuesday and is ineligible to play for the rest of the 2018 season, according to sources. He will become an unrestricted free agent this winter. Bell passed up $14.544 million guaranteed by not signing his franchise tender this year. He's one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL when he's on the field, but it's quite possible we've already seen the best from him in a Pittsburgh offense that was truly potent with both him and receiver Antonio Brown. James Conner has been a strong RB1 in Bell's absence and will remain so moving forward as long as he gets cleared from his concussion in Week 11.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Saturday night that sources told him that they don't expect Le'Veon Bell to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. Bell has until this Tuesday to join the team in order to accrue enough service time to become a free agent following the season. That being the case, most onlookers expected him to join the team by that date at the very latest. There had been reports of Bell being spotted in Pittsburgh last week and he very well still could end up reporting to the team and ending his holdout. Either way, the long, drawn-out drama will thankfully come to an end by Tuesday of this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to report by the deadline Tuesday, Nov. 13, according to multiple sources, which would make him ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.
Fantasy Spin: If true, James Conner owners will no longer have to worry about Bell crashing the party. All Bell owners can do is wait until Tuesday and hope the reports turn out to be false.
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to report to the team next week, according to team president Art Rooney II.
Fantasy Spin: Speculation has been flying hot and heavy this week, but this is the team president talking, and though he stops short of explicitly saying Bell will report next week, he says more than once that he "expects" Bell to be there. As has been noted, Bell must report by Tuesday, Nov. 13, or he forfeits the 2018 season so all will be clear by then. In the off chance he's been discarded in your league, scoop him up post-haste.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is in Pittsburgh, but it's still unknown if he plans to report to the team by the deadline on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The team wants Bell back very badly, but we'll have to wait and see if Bell wants to play for the rest of the season. We'd like to think that Bell would return at some point between now and next Tuesday, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he didn't. Most people around the industry probably never would've predicted that Bell would have sat out this long. If he does return, he won't be a lock to play in Week 11 and would likely be eased into the backfield alongside James Conner, who has been an RB1 for fantasy owners all season with Bell not around. Conner owners are crossing their fingers that Bell chooses to remain away, while Bell owners are hoping they can get something out of their first-round pick in 2018.
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is 'in town,' according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Fantasy Spin: Another development in the Bell saga, and it could be one that points to the franchise running back's return. We'll find out by Tuesday, which is the deadline for Bell to sign a contract in order for him to be eligible to play this season.
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell would be franchise tagged at the quarterback level, around $25 million in 2019, not at the lower number he was tagged at in 2018, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. 'I've been told by both league and team sources that neither the NFL nor the Steelers have any plan to argue that the second tag should carry over, should Bell not play this year,' NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported. 'They are all in agreement that any potential tag would be the third (or the transition).'
Fantasy Spin: What does this mean? Bell doesn't have to report at all, and he's likely to wind up a free agent after the season. The team is unlikely to tag him at that rate or transition tag him. It's still worth holding onto him, but the chances are high that he sits the entire season.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is contemplating whether to sign his franchise tag and return by the Nov. 13 franchise tag deadline, according to a source. He would be deemed as a third-year franchise player in 2019 rather than to revert to the second year, even if he doesn't report. It's looking more and more likely that Bell won't play at all this year, which is not what his fantasy owners want to hear. Hopefully all Bell owners were able to roster James Conner as well. He's been an RB1 all year and will continue to be so on Thursday night against the Panthers.
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is reportedly contemplating whether or not he will show up by the Nov. 13 franchise tag deadline based on newly learned information from the collective bargaining agreement that would allow him to be deemed a third-year franchise player in 2019 rather than revert to the second year, even if he doesn't report.
Fantasy Spin: If true, owners should be able to pretty much write off any chance of Bell returning to the team this season. The good news is this drama will come to a temporary end in exactly seven days, as Bell will be ineligible to play in 2018 if he does not report by then. It's unreasonable at this point for owners to expect any fantasy contributions from Bell, as James Conner has mostly thrived in his absence. Conner should be considered an elite RB1 until further notice.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tweeted 'Farewell Miami' on Monday, possibly indicating he's heading north to report and end his season-long holdout from the team. Bell needs to report by Nov. 13 to make sure he accrues enough service time to reach free agency in March.
Fantasy Spin: This could turn into a nightmare scenario for those fantasy general managers who own both Bell and James Conner, who trails only Todd Gurley in RB fantasy points per game. If Bell reports this week, he could return to the field as soon as Week 11 and some sort of timeshare would likely ensue, sapping a portion of value for both backs and making for a less-than-ideal stretch run for fantasy owners.
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't had contact with running back Le'Veon Bell this week. Barring a new development in the next few days, the team isn't expecting Bell to report for the game Thursday night against the Panthers. If Bell doesn't report by Nov. 13 ahead of Week 11, he cannot play the rest of the season. Those that own James Conner are hoping that Bell just decides to sit out the entire year, as his replacement has been an elite RB1 without Bell in the picture. If Bell does return, expect Conner to still be a part of the backfield, but his ceiling will inevitably be lowered, quite possibly drastically.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has not reestablished contact with the team as of Monday, Nov. 5 - leaving him eight days to report before he becomes ineligible to play for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Fantasy Spin: The Steelers host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, so he wasn't going to be a realistic possibility to play in Week 10 anyway. Bell's owners are losing whatever little remaining fantasy trade value Bell's name carried, and it's looking more and more likely James Conner will finish the season out as the team's unquestioned feature back.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was absent as the team began their meetings on Wednesday. There remains no timetable for Bell to end his contract holdout, so as long as he remains away, those that own James Conner will continue to be thrilled. Pittsburgh faces a tough matchup on the road against Baltimore in Week 9, but Conner remains a must-start as long as Bell is away from the team.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not at the facility Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Fantasy Spin: It doesn't look like he'll be suiting up this week, but things could change. James Conner has a rough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this week, but he remains a RB2.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell remains absent from meetings Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Fantasy Spin: He's not going to play this week, but he could surface after the trade deadline passes for Week 9.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will not join the team for their Week 8 game against the Cleveland Browns. There had been a report a few weeks earlier that Bell would be back after the Week 7 bye. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hinted on Monday that Bell may not join the team until after the October 30 trade deadline. Bell has missed all six of the Steelers' games this season to show his displeasure over the lack of a long-term contract. James Conner will remain the team's lead back in Week 8.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will not report to the team this week, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Bell may not report to the team until after the trade deadline next week, so owners should continue to monitor the situation. James Conner will continue to receive most of the work at running back and can be a No. 1 running back in all leagues this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was not present at team headquarters Monday, Oct. 22, as the rest of the team came back following the bye week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Spin: It was reported last week Bell wants to wait to see if the trade deadline brings about any changes to his status before reporting. He needs to report within the next two weeks in order to get the accrued season he desires toward free agency or else his absence from the team to this point will have been for naught. James Conner should see one - if not two - more weeks of elite RB1 usage at the very least before owners will be forced to make other plans.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has not reported to the team's complex as of Monday following their bye week, according to a source. It was believed that Bell would report last week with the team off, but that didn't happen and he may not return until Week 9. As long as he continues his holdout, James Conner remains an RB1 in this high-octane offense. The Steelers face the Browns this Sunday. Even when Bell does finally show up, he could be in a timeshare with Conner the rest of the way.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not present Monday, Oct. 22, in the team facility as the team returned to work following the bye week.
Fantasy Spin: Bell would be an RB2 if he suits up against the Cleveland Browns this week.