Bell rushed 10 times for 53 yards, and added six catches for 55 more on seven targets, as well as a two-point conversion catch, in Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Dolphins.
Bell's rushing workload was limited with the Steelers surprisingly playing the vast majority of this contest from behind, but he managed to top 100 yards from scrimmage nonetheless. The 24-year-old running back is averaging a robust 5.5 yards per carry since returning from a three-game suspension while playing in a three-down role. Expect him to get more carries against the Patriots next week with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) banged up.
Pittsburgh could generate little on the ground versus a stout Jets front, but they still made a concentrated effort to get their star tailback involved, leading to an impressive 154 scrimmage yards. Bell has yet to find the end zone in two games this season, but has already racked up 332 yards from scrimmage, and should see another boost in his fantasy stock once he starts finding pay dirt. He'll next have the opportunity to do so in Week 6 against a Dolphins squad that is currently in disarray.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said
Tomlin confirmed that Bell stayed in top condition during a three-game suspension to open the season, setting the star running back up to take on a heavy workload from the outset. Even in a tough matchup against Kansas City, the shifty 24-year-old is a no-question starter in all formats. Bell was officially activated Monday.
After serving a three-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Bell was eligible for reinstatement Monday and is now formally the top running back in Pittsburgh once again. He may serve as one of the team's top receiving options right off the bat as well; the
Having logged a three-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Bell is eligible to return to the Steelers and serve as the featured back. However, under league rules, the team has a deadline of 4 PM ET on Thursday in order to bump him up to the 53-man roster. During his absence, the backfield has been in the capable hands of veteran DeAngelo Williams, but Bell will retake the reins as he's further recovered from the torn MCL that ended his 2015 campaign in Week 8.
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/6/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/24/16||@ IND||8:30 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ CIN||8:30 pm|
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