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Bell likely will be looking at a small workload if he's called up from Baltimore's practice squad for Monday's game at Las Vegas, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Analysis: Ty'Son Williams, a 2020 UDFA, is the favorite to lead Baltimore's backfield in the opener, having been with the organization for more than a year now. However, he's never played in a regular-season game, while Bell and recent signing Latavius Murray both offer a wealth of NFL experience. Then there's Trenton Cannon, the third RB on the active roster, but he's mostly a special teams guy or maybe an option for passing downs. While there are still plenty of obstacles standing between Bell and a return to fantasy relevance at age 29, this is about the best opportunity he could've hoped for, competing with Williams and Murray after the Ravens lost each of J.K. Dobbins, Justice Hill and Gus Edwards to season-ending injuries. Coach John Harbaugh said Bell is in excellent shape but still needs to get in "football shape", so any hope for a significant workload will probably need to be put on hold for Week 2 and beyond. Williams and Murray are the favorites for touches and snaps Monday night.
Sep 10, 2021 10:17 AM EST
Bell's chances of being promoted from the Ravens' practice squad to the active roster ahead of Monday's season opener at Las Vegas increased Thursday after fellow running back Gus Edwards sustained what appeared to be a serious non-contact knee injury, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Edwards is scheduled to undergo further testing before the severity of his injury is known, but according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Baltimore fears its projected top back may have sustained a torn ACL. If the injury is confirmed, Edwards would become the third Baltimore running back to sustain a season-ending injury before Week 1, joining J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles). Even if Edwards' injury proves to be less significant, he looks doubtful to play Monday against Las Vegas, so Bell should be in line for a promotion to the active roster as the Ravens look to restore depth at the position. The two-time first-team All-Pro selection has seen his effectiveness wane since he sat out the 2018 season as a member of the Steelers, but Bell could nonetheless be in store for a meaningful role right out of the gate if Edwards misses time. At the moment, the only healthy backs on the roster are 2020 undrafted free agent Ty'Son Williams, who has yet to log a regular-season snap, and Trent Cannon, who best profiles as a No. 3 back/special-teams contributor.
Sep 9, 2021 1:28 PM EST
Coach John Harbaugh noted Thursday that there's a chance Bell could be promoted to the Ravens' active roster ahead of Monday night's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: The 29-year-old back is coming off a 2020 season (in which he played two games for the Jets and nine for the Chiefs) that resulted in a 82/328/2 rushing stat line and 16 catches for 138 yards for the one-time fantasy stalwart. Though Trenton Cannon was signed to the team's 53-man roster to provide immediate depth behind Gus Edwards and Ty'Son Williams, it's not hard to imagine Bell -- who practiced with the Ravens on Wednesday -- earning a promotion in the coming days. In such a scenario, he could parlay his pass-catching ability into a complementary role in Baltimore's offense once he's up to speed with the team's playbook.
Sep 9, 2021 9:59 AM EST
The Ravens may eventually call Bell up from the practice squad, but for now they're adding fellow running back Trenton Cannon to the 53-man roster instead, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports.
Analysis: Bell was signed to the practice squad Tuesday and may still be third in line for carries after Gus Edwards and Ty'Son Williams, but the Ravens will prioritize special teams with their third RB spot for the season opener, choosing Cannon over the former Steelers superstar. While he doesn't seem to have much left as a runner, Bell could eventually be Baltimore's best option for passing downs once he learns the playbook. The team has already lost RBs J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles) to season-ending injuries.
Sep 8, 2021 10:25 AM EST
The Ravens signed Bell to their practice squad Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: First, J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL during preseason Week 3, leaving Baltimore somewhat thin at running back. Then, 2019 fourth-round pick Justice Hill sustained a torn Achilles in practice last week, leaving Gus Edwards and Ty'Son Williams as the only running backs on the Ravens roster. With the signing of Bell, he'll likely be elevated from the practice squad on a weekly basis, but it remains to be seen if he'll be acclimated enough to be available Week 1 at Las Vegas.
Sep 7, 2021 3:36 PM EST
Bell was one of three running backs who worked out for the Ravens on Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Also getting a look were Devonta Freeman and Elijah Holyfield, which makes sense, given reports that Justice Hill has suffered a season-ending Achilles' injury. For now, Gus Edwards and Ty'Son Williams are Baltimore's top healthy running backs, but it's clear that the team plans to add depth at the position. If Bell ends up signing with the team, there would appear to be a path to a degree of complementary work behind Edwards.
Sep 6, 2021 2:22 PM EST
Bell still intends to play in 2021, Reuters Sports reports.
Analysis: Bell posted a series of tweets Thursday in which he said that he's waiting to sign until he can find a team that will offer him ample offensive opportunities. The 29-year-old was released by the Jets early last year after the team was unable to find a trade partner. However, he signed a one-year deal with Kansas City in October and appeared in nine games with the team to close out the regular season. During that time, he rushed 63 times for 254 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in 13 of his 17 targets for 99 yards.
May 30, 2021 8:29 PM EST
Bell did not touch the ball during Kansas City's 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
Analysis: Bell's offensive opportunities completely dried up with Clyde Edwards-Helaire back in the lineup, especially with Darrel Williams keeping a firm grip on the Chiefs' change-of-pace role. The soon-to-be 29-year-old appeared in nine regular-season games with Kansas City after being cut by the Jets in Week 5, and he logged 63 carries for 254 yards (4.0 YPC) and two scores in that span. Bell also caught 13 of 17 targets for 99 yards with the Chiefs. Now heading for free agency, the memory of Bell's electric on-field abilities with the Steelers from 2013-17 should be enough for him to earn another shot elsewhere in the league, but there's no guarantee that he holds more than a depth role by the time the 2021 campaign kicks off.
Feb 7, 2021 8:45 PM EST
Bell (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Analysis: Bell closed out the week with a full practice and will be ready for his first Super Bowl. It isn't clear he'll have a meaningful role, as he got just two carries and three targets in the divisional round of the playoffs, working well behind Darrel Williams in a game Clyde Edwards-Helaire missed. With the rookie now healthy, Bell looks like Option C in the KC backfield.
Feb 5, 2021 11:04 AM EST
Bell (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Bell should be ready for the Super Bowl, but snaps and touches could be hard to come by with both Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams healthy in the KC backfield. It's also a tough matchup, as the Bucs field a top-five run defense for the second straight year.
Feb 4, 2021 1:05 PM EST
Bell (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: At this point, Bell -- who sat out the AFC Championship -- is expected to be available for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Buccaneers, but what his role in the contest might be is uncertain. With that in mind, Darrel Williams and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are also in Kansas City's backfield mix, a context that would likely land Bell in a complementary role this weekend, assuming he suits up.
Feb 3, 2021 1:27 PM EST
Bell (knee) didn't practice Friday.
Analysis: Sammy Watkins (calf) followed the same practice route this week, going LP, LP, DNP. Both players are estimated as 'questionable' on the Friday injury report, but there's still plenty of time for the designation to change before the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.
Jan 29, 2021 1:28 PM EST
Bell (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday.
Analysis: The Chiefs expect Bell to return for the Super Bowl, but he won't necessarily have an important role in the offense. Limited practices Wednesday and Thursday put him on track to make it back to full participation at some point next week.
Jan 28, 2021 1:07 PM EST
Bell (knee) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report.
Analysis: Bell missed the AFC Championship Game due to knee swelling, but the Chiefs expect him to be available for the Super Bowl. Either way, his status shouldn't have much impact on the gameplan, as Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams both have worked ahead of Bell the past couple months.
Jan 27, 2021 1:02 PM EST
Bell (knee) is expected to be available to play in Super Bowl LV, ESPN's Dianna Russini reports.
Analysis: Assuming Bell is available a week from Sunday, it remains to be seen what his role might be versus the Buccaneers. Though Clyde Edwards-Helaire was able to play in the AFC Championship Game, it was Darrel Williams who served as Kansas City's lead back in the team's 38-24 win over the Bills. Bell therefore seems likely to work in a complementary role if he suits up against Tampa Bay.
Jan 26, 2021 10:08 AM EST
Bell (knee) is inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: While Bell is unavailable, fellow running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) -- who last played in Week 15 -- is listed as active for the contest. That said, it remains to be seen how much Edwards-Helaire will be used versus the Bills, with Darrel Williams, who led Kansas City's backfield in last weekend's divisional-round win over the Browns, also on hand Sunday.
Jan 24, 2021 2:26 PM EST
Bell (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, is considered unlikely to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) -- who is also listed as questionable -- looks poised to be available, though the extent of his role will likely be determined based on how he feels in pregame warmups and early in Sunday's contest. The expected return of Edwards-Helaire should alleviate the likely absence of Bell, who had already appeared to fall to third on the depth chart with Darrel Williams dominating the work out of the backfield in last week's divisional-round win over the Browns, which Edwards-Helaire sat out. Williams played 79 percent of the snaps and earned 17 touches in that contest, while a healthy Bell played just 16 percent of the snaps and recorded two carries for six yards.
Jan 24, 2021 5:42 AM EST
Bell (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Analysis: Bell was added to the injury report Thursday and closed out the week missing back-to-back practices. Meanwhile, fellow RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) was a limited participant throughout the week, hoping to suit up for the first time since Week 15. Bell got just two carries and 11 snaps in the wild-card round, so he'll likely be stuck behind Darrel Williams even if CEH doesn't play and Bell does.
Jan 22, 2021 12:39 PM EST
Bell was held out of Thursday's practice after he experienced some swelling in his knee, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Bell was listed on the injury report with a knee issue last week, but he was a full practice participant Wednesday through Friday and ended up active for the 22-17 win over Cleveland. He finished the game with only two carries and 11 snaps, so his presence (or lack thereof) shouldn't have much impact on the Chiefs' gameplan for the AFC Championship Game. Bell might even be a healthy-ish scratch if Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) is cleared to play.
Jan 21, 2021 12:00 PM EST
Bell rushed twice for six yards and failed to catch either of his targets in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Browns in the AFC divisional round.
Analysis: Bell was a non-factor while Darrel Williams gained 94 yards on 17 touches in Clyde Edwards-Helaire's (knee) absence. Even if Edwards-Helaire is unable to return for next week's AFC Championship game against the Bills, Bell's unlikely to make much of an impact given his lack of usage in this one.
Jan 17, 2021 4:43 PM EST
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