Le'Veon Bell plans on practicing in wake of Redskins game

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Steelers rookie RB Le'Veon Bell missed the team's preseason opener with a knee injury. He's looking to get on the field Aug. 19 when the Steelers travel to Washington, D.C., to take on the Redskins.

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell plans to practice in wake of the Steelers' Aug. 19 game at the Washington Redskins.

Bell was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday when the Steelers lost 18-15 to the New York Giants. LaRod Stephens-Howling took the glory, rushing seven times for 40 yards in the loss.

Bell's debut was highly anticipated to begin with, and it having been delayed a week will only intensify the microscope under which the rookie is preparing for the season. A second-round pick from Michigan State, Bell is reportedly having an excellent training camp, and is the odds-on favorite to land the starting job when the season begins.

With Stephens-Howling - a free agent acquisition this offseason expected to provide a change-of-pace look and special teams productions to the Steelers this year - having gotten a good look, as well as Jonathan Dwyer and Baron Batch having received carries, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Bell and veteran Isaac Redman get the bulk of the carries against the Redskins.

Bell has a knee injury that isn't expected to be serious, but given the time of the year, making sure he's 100 percent before putting him on the field in a live situation may be the wiser course of action.

It would only delay his debut, and continue building his hype.

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