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Mike Tomlin confirms Le’Veon Bell expected to play against Vikings

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Running back Le’Veon Bell will have to wait until at least Week Six to play his first NFL game in the United States, but it doesn’t look like he’ll have to wait that long to make his NFL debut.

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that Bell is expected to play against the Vikings in London on Sunday, which would mark his first game action since injuring his foot in Pittsburgh’s second preseason game in August. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Monday that Bell was on track to play, which is earlier than the post-Week Five bye return date that the Steelers had in mind. Tomlin explained why the thinking has changed in Pittsburgh.

“He perked up dramatically at the end of last week,” Tomlin said, via Scott Brown of ESPN.com.

The Steelers rushing attack can use all the help it can find after averaging just under 52 rushing yards a game through the first three weeks. We should start finding out whether or not Bell can solve the woes on Sunday and the Steelers have to hope he can because there are no other players waiting in the wings to bolster the run game.

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15 Responses to “Mike Tomlin confirms Le’Veon Bell expected to play against Vikings”
  1. psmith7716 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:53 PM

    It is going to take considerably more than a hot-shot running back to get the Steelers playing winning football. The o-line, the coaching staff, and yes, Big Ben, all have to start performing at the NFL level. If everyone played and coached with the intensity of Polamalu, we would be unbeatable.

  2. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 24, 2013 3:54 PM

    Amazing how fast the injury healed when the fmr. ambassador to Ireland’s team was at risk of getting clobbered in the U.K.

  3. dbones750 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:56 PM

    Does Bell speak in the 3rd person often?

  4. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 24, 2013 4:06 PM

    Joemontanaflacco | Sep 24, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT
    Amazing how fast the injury healed when the fmr. ambassador to Ireland’s team was at risk of getting clobbered in the U.K.

    I guess he obtained some deer antler spray from a yet to be named retired player. Amazing results for the unnamed player.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 24, 2013 4:10 PM

    psmith7716 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 3:53 PM
    It is going to take considerably more than a hot-shot running back to get the Steelers playing winning football.

    ********************************************

    Not really. They’re playing the Vikings.

  6. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 24, 2013 4:19 PM

    @filthy –

    You don’t have to play winning football to beat the Vikings. Didn’t you see the Browns game?

  7. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 24, 2013 4:27 PM

    I have zero doubt that the Steelers will win this week. A Big Ben clock-cleaning in London would be so wrong on so many levels.

  8. Deb says: Sep 24, 2013 5:38 PM

    So far we haven’t been able to run or stop the run. I hope Le’Veon Bell changes that. But if I were going to pick a back to bet on having a good day, it would probably be Adrian Peterson.

  9. prosourcetalk says: Sep 24, 2013 5:38 PM

    It won’t matter. The Steelers suck.

  10. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 24, 2013 6:24 PM

    At least that will make one Steeler who is playing.

  11. quittsburghstoolers says: Sep 24, 2013 7:02 PM

    Peterson will run easily through the Swiss cheese (more commonly known as the Steelers defense) for a ton of yards. The Vikes will control the clock for 35 to 40 minutes, the Steelers “elite” QB will put on his can 5 or 6 times, and when he ain’t kissing the turf, he’ll be throwing 2 or 3 INTs and maybe a fumble or 2 for good measure…

  12. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 24, 2013 7:23 PM

    Deb:
    Please stop being so negative and critical. We true Steelers fans are a sensitive bunch and our feelings are hurt easily.
    Oh. Wait.
    You didn’t say anything bad about Ben.
    OK.
    Never mind.

  13. Deb says: Sep 24, 2013 8:49 PM

    bob …

    Actually, I did say some things about Ben, but they were censored. On some threads the moderators have me capped at 10 words per post. It’s a special they only run for female commenters.

  14. Deb says: Sep 24, 2013 8:50 PM

    It’s the “Lean Forward” network, haven’t you heard?

  15. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 25, 2013 7:33 AM

    Seriously, I hope that poor man doesn’t lose his foot just because Rooney is afraid the Brits will be laughing at him and his Irish countrymen. Saying he’s “perked up dramatically” doesn’t sound like a qualified medical opinion.

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