Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell

Height: 6' 1"Weight: 225 lbsAge: 25College: Michigan StateDrafted: #48 (2nd Rd.)

Week 17 Outlook

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Le'Veon Bell has 'no timetable' on his return

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told the media that there is "no timetable" for running back Le'Veon Bell's (groin) return from the groin surgery he underwent in mid-March. "Our goal is to have him 100 percent for the 2017 season," Colbert said Sunday.

Fantasy Impact

Bell underwent groin surgery in mid-March and is unlikely to participate in OTAs in the spring. However, the elusive and versatile rusher is fully expected to be ready for training camp in July. Barring a setback that could include injury or an unforeseen suspension, Bell is a presumed top-five pick in upcoming fantasy drafts for the 2017 campaign.

Le'Veon Bell undergoes surgery

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (core) underwent surgery Monday to repair a core muscle injury. Rapoport adds that the normal recovery timeline is roughly "six weeks or so."

Fantasy Impact

Bell will undergo surgery to repair a core muscle injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least the next six weeks. Barring a setback, he should be good to go for training camp, but his availability for spring workouts is up in the air. Bell is a top three fantasy running back entering 2017.

Le'Veon Bell, Steelers in 'heavy' negotiations

NFL Insider Aditi Kinkhabwala reports the Pittsburgh Steelers are "heavy into negotiations" with running back Le'Veon Bell on a new long-term deal.

Fantasy Impact

Bell, who was franchise tagged earlier in the week, is expected to receive a long-term deal that has a "very good chance" to set the market for free-agent running backs. Expect an agreement to be reached well before the July 15 deadline.

Le'Veon Bell franchise tagged Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell on Monday.

Fantasy Impact

As expected, the Steelers placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on Bell on Monday. The four-year veteran had an outstanding season in 2016. Playing in 12 games, he accumulated 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground while catching 75 targets for 616 yards and two scores as a receiver out of the backfield. The Steelers and Bell will likely attempt to negotiate a long-term deal this offseason while using the tender as a bridge. However, with Antonio Brown poised to receive a long-term contract of his own this year, Bell may have to wait for the former's deal to get done first before he ultimately gets his.

Le'Veon Bell on track to avoid surgery

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (groin) "hasn't scheduled" offseason groin surgery and "would've had it by now" if it was necessary.

Fantasy Impact

Bell, whose dealt with a groin injury in the postseason, appears to have avoided offseason surgery to repair the ailment. On Thursday, Rapoport said Bell has yet to schedule a procedure and would've had it by now if it was really necessary. Bell, an impending free agent, will likely receive the franchise tag this offseason. The Steelers are expected to award Antonio Brown with a new, long-term contract ahead of the elusive running back.