They have more -- and more distinct -- phone booths in London than they do in Pittsburgh so maybe Le'Veon Bell can be the one to emerge from one Sunday to save the season for the Steelers. After all Mike Tomlin did not warn Steelers fans that Bell would not step out of a phone booth wearing a cape as the coach indicated Heath Miller would not last week. Saving the season might be a stretch but throwing a lifesaver to a running game that is next-to-the-bottom in the league is possible. "It's a great opportunity for me" Bell said. "I can't wait to go out there and show people what I can do." It has been awhile. Bell missed the first preseason game with a bruised knee. His only action with the Steelers other than in early training camp practices came in the second preseason game when he carried four times for 9 yards and left with a right mid-foot sprain. He did not resume practice until last week and now says his foot has recovered "100 percent." "I have to be confident in myself to go out there and help the run game" Bell said. "Of course there are lot of other people I'll depend on." Those would be his offensive linemen and they believe he will boost their running attack too. "Definitely with a guy like that" tackle Marcus Gilbert said. "He's an Adrian Peterson-type -- I don't want to put him in the same category yet but he has that type of playmaking ability to break tackles and get yards after he's hit. "Le'Veon is a special back we're glad to have back." While the defense has to deal Sunday with the Vikings' Peterson their offense is desperate for a competent back. Peterson ran for more yards on his first carry this season 78 than the 76 the Steelers had combined through their first two games. They believe they found a spark in their running game Sunday even though they managed only 80 against the Chicago Bears. "He brings everything to the table" Gilbert said of Bell. "He can run the inside zone outside zone he can block -- this guy's he's an every-down back. I think just getting him out there can really help us."
Le'Veon Bell's return should boost Steelers' running game
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Sep 26