Le'Veon Bell returns for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night in week 4 at Heinz Field, and the anticipation of having Le’Veon Bell back is at an all time high for fans.


Bell was suspended for 4 games after he violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy. However, his suspension was reduce from 4 games to 3 games after an appeal in August.

This week the Steeler’s clutch running back will return to Heinz Field for his first appearance of the 2016 NFL season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to the Pittsburgh Steelers Communication Department, Bell’s next rushing touchdown will mark the 20th of his NFL career, and even though he missed two games in the 2015 season, Bell still made it into the league wide top 10 in weeks 1 through 8 in:

  • Rushes of 20+ Yards: 8 (1st)
  • 100+Yard Rushing Games: 3 (T-4th)
  • Rushes for First Downs: 27 (5th)
  • Rushing Yards: 556 (7th)

Le’Veon expressed his excitement about his return to the field on Sunday in a tweet:

The Steelers and the Chiefs are currently 2-1 and will face off against each other for the first time this season at 8:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh’s team is looking to redeem themselves after they suffered a tough 34 to 3 loss against the Philidelphia Eagles last week. Although, it might not be an easy task.

The official Steelers website pointed out that Chief’s Tight End, “[Travis] Kelce lined up in six different spots on the first six snaps of the Chiefs’ 24-3 victory over the Jets last Sunday (wide-left, slot-right, bunch-left, motion-right, etc.). He’s not as much of an inline tight end as he is a target Kansas City loves to move around from play to play.” That may make it difficult for the Steeler’s defense to locate and cover Kelce on the field.

Steeler’s Head Coach Mike Tomlin is aware of Kansas City’s assets, especially Chief’s linebacker, Derrick Johnson.

“He had a sack, he had an interception that was returned for a touchdown,” Tomlin said. He is their defensive signal-caller. It all flows through him. They have plenty of talented people – Dontari Poe, Tamba Hali, Marcus Peters at corner, Eric Berry at safety – who are some of the guys who are the very best in the world at what they do. But Number 56 is the guy,” Steelers.com reports.

Offensively, there has been talk about putting Bell in as a wide receiver leading up to Sunday’s game.

Steelers Wire said that could be an “appealing option considering the fact slot receiver Eli Rogers will miss Sunday’s game, and multi-purpose receiver Markus Wheaton playing primarily split end.”

Steeler’s QB, Ben Roethlisberger said, “Listen, we’re not going to put (Bell) at wide receiver and DeAngelo at running back…But we will have them both on the field and move them out of the backfield. We’re not going to take RB off the front of [Bell’s] name and put wide receiver. But I definitely think he is one of our best receivers,” Steelers Wire reports.

Steelers head coach weighed in on having Bell back. “He’s a guy who is highly conditioned over a 12-month calendar,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “We’ve seen him every day, he’s been a part of us, he’s been in the building, and he’s up to speed on what we’re doing from a schematic standpoint and really in tune there,” Steelers Wire reported.

Bell can been seen, along with the rest of the Steelers, on NBC and locally on WPXI-Channel 11, beginning at 8:30 p.m.


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