Why did the Buccaneers sign Le’Veon Bell? Tampa Bay fills missing running back spot with former Ravens rusher
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The Buccaneers signed former Pro Bowl backer Le’Veon Bell in their 53-man roster on Monday, according to reports.
Bell is still waiting for a physical exam for the deal to become official. The Buccaneers have three more regular season games to play against the Panthers (twice) and Jets. The addition of Bell will help Tampa Bay withstand the loss of its best running back as the Bucs try to stay atop the NFC playoff standings.
Here’s what you need to know about signing the Buccaneers to Bell:
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Why did the Buccaneers sign Le’Veon Bell?
Tampa Bay star running back Leonard Fournette left the Sunday Night Football game against the Saints with a hamstring injury. Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Fournette will most likely go on the injured reserve list and miss the rest of the regular season. The running back is hoping to return for the playoffs, however.
So, with another big loss to the Buccaneers’ offense (wide receiver Chris Godwin is also out for the season following Sunday’s game), Tampa Bay needed a player who could help them score. Bell is a three-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro selection in 2014 and 2017 with 6,536 rushing yards, 42 rushing touchdowns and eight receiving scores.
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What team (s) did Le’Veon Bell play for previously?
Bell signed with the Ravens earlier this season, but only played five games. In those appearances, Bell only ran 83 yards on 31 carries, in addition to scoring two touchdowns. The Ravens cut Bell in mid-November.
it hurts but it has been a blessing to be here to say the least i enjoyed every second of this short time and have to give a whole new meaning to what this city is and it’s a great place 🖤💜 I appreciate Eric Decasta & John Harbaugh for the opportunity to be called Raven pic.twitter.com/428poGYsNO
– Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) November 16, 2021
Bell started his career in Pittsburgh and played with the Steelers from 2013 to 2017. He did not play in 2018 due to a contract dispute with the Steelers organization and has since jumped to NFL teams.
Bell played for the Jets in 2019, where he totaled 245 carries for 789 yards. He started the 2020 season on the Chiefs for nine games, but then returned to the Jets for two games that season.
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Will Le’Veon Bell play Sunday against the Panthers?
As long as Bell passes his physical exam, he will be eligible to play on Sunday. Ronald Jones II is the designated starter, so Bell will most likely act as his replacement.
Bell will reunite with former Steelers teammate Antonio Brown on Sunday. Brown will come back from a three-game suspension after distorting his vaccination status with a fake vaccination card.
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