The Pittsburgh Steelers are a relatively healthy team heading into the 2021 regular season, but not all NFL teams can say that. As an example, the Baltimore Ravens have been absolutely decimated at the running back position.
First, it was the torn ACL of starting running back J.K. Dobbins in the Ravens’ preseason finale against the Washington Football Team. Follow that up with the news of Justice Hill, the team’s 3rd running back on the depth chart, rupturing his Achilles tendon, ending his season.
Ravens had been looking to add RB depth to their practice squad, but their need increased last Thursday when reserve RB Justice Hill went down with a potentially significant lower-leg injury in practice, believed to be Achilles related. Ravens need a healthy No.3 RB on roster.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 6, 2021
With the need for a healthy running back to accompany Gus Edwards, the Ravens brought in some big name players. Most notably for Steelers fans, Le’Veon Bell.
There are familiar names here for @Ravens consideration but there is almost no question the third team RB must contribute on special teams. https://t.co/EPcPZ5QcCU— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 6, 2021
Tuesday evening, the Ravens made their decision on who they would bring in to help their running game, and they chose the Steelers’ former Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell. This per Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Having lost RBs J.K. Dobbins and Justice Hall to season-ending injuries, the Ravens are signing veteran RB Le’Veon Bell to their practice squad, per source. He soon is likely to be added to the 53-man roster when ready.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2021
As Schefter reports, Bell will land on the Ravens’ practice squad, but they are planning on promoting him to the active roster once he is deemed ready.
The last time anyone saw Bell in an NFL uniform was when he joined the Kansas City Chiefs last season after his release from the New York Jets. He didn’t even play in the Super Bowl last season for Kansas City, and hasn’t been on a field since.
Steelers fans might feel as if Bell is old news, but there will be a renewed sense of hatred towards the former Michigan Spartan since joining Alejandro Villanueva in Baltimore.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 of the regular season.