Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown only made brief appearances, but Bell played deep into the second quarter, perhaps because he uncharacteristically lost a fumble early in the game. Regardless, Bell appeared to be in midseason form, showing no signs of the knee injury that brought his 2015 campaign to an early end. After he serves a three-game suspension to start the season, Bell should slide right back in as the premiere asset at his position. DeAngelo Williams figures to handle a heavy workload in his absence, with Fitzgerald Toussaint and/or Daryl Richardson occasionally mixing in.
The Steelers rested some key veterans for their first two exhibitions, but Friday's game will serve as a tune-up for Week 1, allowing Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown to make their only appearances of the preseason. Coming off November knee surgery, Bell has been a full participant throughout training camp, though he will miss the first three games of the regular season due to a suspension.
Bell (suspension) had his suspension reduced on Thursday from four games to three, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bell's suspension for missed drug tests was reduced through a settlement by the NFL and the NFLPA. Bell is unquestionably one of the top fantasy running backs, averaging over 100 yards from scrimmage per game before being injured after just six tilts last season. The reduction in his suspension increases his fantasy stock slightly, while minorly reducing that of DeAngelo Williams, who'll be the team's No. 1 back while Bell is out.
When Bell's suspension was announced in late July,
Per coach Mike Tomlin, it can be "generally assumed" that Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, DeAngelo Williams Maurkice Pouncey will not see the playing field against the Lions on Friday. Meanwhile, as Bell continues to potentially face a four-game suspension to start the regular season, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review relays that Tomlin said he did not have an update on that front. Previous reports have suggested a resolution on the matter should arrive at some point later this month.
|P4||9/1/16||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|1||9/12/16||@ WAS||7:10 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ PHI||4:25 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|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|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|