Le’Veon Bell “a little winded” in practice, but says he’s ready for full load

AP

Running back Le'Veon Bell practiced with the Steelers on Monday for the first time since January and the layoff had one immediate effect on him.

Bell said, via Aditi Kinhabwala of NFL Media, that he felt “a little winded” after his first time back on the field since signing his franchise tender. That’s not something Bell sees as an impediment to returning to his usual role as a workhorse in the Steelers offense, however.

Bell said that he feels fresh after his extended layoff and that he’s ready for as much work as the Steelers want to throw his way.

“I want as many carries as I need to get for us to win games,” Bell said.

The Steelers have a two-week roster exemption for Bell, but they probably won’t need it if they share the back’s feeling that he’s ready for his usual role.

28 responses to “Le’Veon Bell “a little winded” in practice, but says he’s ready for full load

  1. Dude, you want to have a career year so you get paid.
    As a RB you better be in tip top shape. You only have a few years left so train hard in the off season. When you are 31 you can slack off, but for now work hard so you can earn millions.

  2. All good Cheech, we got one James Conner waiting in the wings WHEN you get hurt…this is why they HAVE a preseason, so you can GET in shape…but of course, you wouldn’t know that would you…

  3. Wow….just gotta love all the original weed jokes….UGH!!!
    Meanwhile, all of you would love to have him on your team if you want to be honest for a moment.
    Unfortunately, this will probably be his last with the black and gold.
    Enjoy it!

  4. Some players who “holdout” actually work out while they are away from the team… Apparently Bell is not one of those players. I hope his antics land him with the Browns, Jets, or Jags next year.

  5. So he held out and got nothing to show for in the end? Congratulation Le’Veon, you played yourself.

  6. doesn’t matter folks, the steelers best offense was with Bell out and Bryant on the field in 2015 when they had the number 1 passing offense in the league.

    They force the ball to Bell on the ground and it really hinders the offense, especially in the redzone.

  7. @steelerstrong.. WAS the best all purpose back in the league. I predict a rookie takes that honor this year. Christian McAffrey by a landslide. It won’t be close. He’ll have at least 400 more all purpose yards than Bell by the end of regular season.

  8. Best all-around back? I’ll take the guy in AZ.

    Bell is very good but he’s only played 16 games one time. I predict a good, not great, season with a lot of nagging injuries that cost him 2-3 games.

  9. steelerstrong says:
    September 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    Regardless of the drama, He IS the best all purpose back in the league.
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    Elite All-Pro RB David Johnson is the best All-Purpose back in the league by far. Johnson has more TD’s in 1.5 seasons as a starting RB than Bell does in 4yrs as a starter, and not only that but Johnson also became just the 3rd back in NFL History to put up career 33TDs in just 31 career games with the only two hitting that mark being Hall Of Famers Jim Brown & Gale Sayers & Johnson broke RB Barry Sanders record last year setting a new record of most straight 100+YD games with 15 straight.

    Unlike Bell, David Johnson stays on the field and isn’t injured all the time like Bell is & putting the injury issue’s aside, Johnson is a MUCH MUCH Higher Character man overall who is a leader in his church, married, doesn’t do drugs so you don’t have to worry about suspensions etc, Bell isnt anywhere near as mature as Johnson is and is a much lower character individual, just for those reasons along I’d take Johnson over Bell 7 Days a week and twice on Sunday, throw Johnson being better on the field into the mix and thats just gravy.

  10. squackduckhawk says:
    September 4, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    If he were “the best all-purpose back in the league” he would have been in shape for week 1… Like Duke or DeVonte
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    Duke or DeVonte? Neither of those guys is anywhere near as good as the NFLs actual best dual purpose RB which is easily David Johnson, its not even an argument. And not only that but Johnson lives in the gym , has been staying in the gym and working on his game practicing all off-season, went and worked out with Palmer and the receivers in LA over the off-season in July before training camp and didn’t miss a day of camp. To insinuate Duke or DeVonte are the best dual purpose backs in the league is flat out laughable, just because you are a Seahawks fan doesn’t mean you have to ignore reality.

  11. jimdolfan says:
    September 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm
    @steelerstrong.. WAS the best all purpose back in the league. I predict a rookie takes that honor this year. Christian McAffrey by a landslide. It won’t be close. He’ll have at least 400 more all purpose yards than Bell by the end of regular season.
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    Christian McAffrey?? PUUHHLEASE!! McAffrey couldnt hold All-Pro RB David Johnson’s jock strap, with AZ’s line healthy this season and all the starters back starting Johnson should easily rush for around 1400-1500 Rushing Yards with 18-20TDs and have 90-100 receptions for 1000-1100yds with 5-8TD’s receiving. Backs like Bell and Johnson are also going to have FAR more opportunities than McAffrey will both running and receiving as they are MUCH bigger parts of their offense than McAffrey is, that and McAffrey has done jack squat in the NFL at this point, for all we know Christian will get shutout and suck his rookie year.

  12. Bell was drafted in the 2nd round and I remember all of the trolls saying how the Steelers were idiots for passing up Eddie Lacy. Now it’s how Bell we will be injured. Bell is a great back (not 15 million a year good)worth what he is getting paid. As long as it took it was played well by the Steelers and not by Bells agent. It’s their business now let’s play ball.

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