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Le'Veon Bell returns to training camp practice as LeGarrette Blount exits

Bell returns in time to give Blount a break as the Steelers continue to mix around their running backs with just nine days before the preseason opener.

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The return of Le'Veon Bell did not ensure a strong run of LeBackfield at Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Thursday.

Bell came back after missing the last few practices with a tight hamstring, but LeGarrette Blount, who had taken Bell's place, got the day off.

Getting both of them some rest, especially considering the fragile state of depth among the Steelers' running backs group, is probably a wise course of action. If both Bell and Blount don't need to be on the field, it makes sense to keep one of them off it completely here and there.

Concern regarding Bell's long-term injury proneness has been brought up recently, but soft-tissue problems like a tight hamstring are common early in camp. The key is whether both players can be ready physically and mentally at the start of the year.

In an effort to bolster camp depth, possibly more than that, the Steelers signed undrafted free agent rookie Josh Harris this week. Alvester Alexander is on the PUP list, and the Steelers basically have no running backs outside of that group.

The Steelers first preseason game is a week from Saturday, Aug. 9, at the New York Giants.