Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell left Thanksgiving’s loss to the Ravens with a concussion after taking a nasty shot to the head from Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, but his recovery is progressing well enough for him to have a good chance at playing against the Dolphins this weekend.
The team announced that Bell has been cleared for full practice as he progresses through the league’s concussion protocol. Bell still needs to pass another test before he’ll be cleared to play on Sunday so the team will monitor his condition after Thursday’s return to his regular workload, but it’s a good sign that he’s done as well as he has to this point in the progress.
Linebacker LaMarr Woodley also moved up to full participation in practice on Thursday. Woodley has missed the last three games with a calf injury and Jason Worilds has played well in his absence. Woodley said this week that he’d return to his usual left side of the defense with Worilds shifting back to the right side.
Tackle Kelvin Beachum, guard David DeCastro and defensive tackle Steve McLendon were all limited participants.