John Harbaugh: There’s a chance Le’Veon Bell will be activated for Week One

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After an apparently tumultuous stint with the Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid in 2020, Le'Veon Bell has landed on the Ravens practice squad.

Baltimore needed depth at the position after losing J.K. Dobbins to a torn ACL in the preseason, and Bell is one piece that can provide it. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was a longtime assistant coach under Reid with the Eagles, but Harbaugh said on Thursday he didn’t speak with Reid prior to signing Bell.

“Le’Veon’s a guy I think we’re very familiar with,” Harbaugh said in his press conference. “Obviously, played against him so many times and so many highly competitive, emotional games. It was fun to have him in for the workout. He had a good workout. Practiced yesterday, did a good job. So, yeah, we’ll have a process with him. He’s excited, he’s learning, and we’ll see where it goes.”

Harbaugh also noted that “there’s a chance” Bell could be activated from the practice squad for Monday’s game against the Raiders.

Bell appeared in nine games for Kansas City last year, recording 254 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Since missing the 2018 season over a contract dispute with the Steelers, Bell has recorded 1,117 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns in 26 games for the Jets and Chiefs. He’s also caught 82 passes for 599 yards with one TD.

9 responses to “John Harbaugh: There’s a chance Le’Veon Bell will be activated for Week One

  1. Why is LeVeon bell on a practice squad?

    I can see being unsigned but not being on the practice squad.

  2. wonderboy says:
    September 9, 2021 at 12:43 pm
    Why is LeVeon bell on a practice squad?

    I can see being unsigned but not being on the practice squad.

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    Practice squad rules changed so that vet’s with game experience can be added so smart teams are using it as a reserve squad for depth now.

  3. wonderboy says:
    Why is LeVeon bell on a practice squad?
    I can see being unsigned but not being on the practice squad.
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    As mrfrostyj pointed out, COVID prompted the NFL to allow teams to add a certain number of previously ineligible vested veterans to their practice squads.
    Le’Veon Bell joined the Ravens too late to participate in training camp or preseason games. By signing him to the practice squad the Ravens essentially have him on retainer without taking up a spot on the 53-man roster.
    They’ll can wait for Bell to work his way into into shape before adding him to the active roster, and if he doesn’t, or looks sluggish in practice, they can release him. It was a low-cost, low-risk gamble.

  4. It sounds like he’s imagining the player they faced for years rather than seeing the player he is now. And it sure seems like he should know by now if he wants to use him here in a few days.

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