Le'Veon Bell Activated from Practice Squad, Will Make Ravens Debut vs. Broncos

Doric SamOctober 2, 2021

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 26: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Baltimore Ravens on the field during warm up before the game against Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 26, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Le'Veon Bell is in line to make his Baltimore Ravens debut against the Denver Broncos after he was activated from the practice squad Saturday.

Bell was signed to the Ravens practice squad in September but has yet to get any playing time. Baltimore running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards suffered torn ACLs before the season started.

Bell starred for the Steelers from 2013 to 2017 and was considered one of the best running backs in the NFL. He was known for his dual-threat ability, which included prolific production as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.

In his second season, Bell totaled 2,215 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns. He earned three Pro Bowl selections during his time with Pittsburgh and caught at least 75 passes in three seasons.

Bell's departure from the Steelers was a messy one, as he sat out the 2018 season while seeking a better contract. The team chose not to franchise- or transition-tag him in 2019, which made him a free agent.

Bell signed with the New York Jets on a four-year deal that made him the second-highest-paid running back in the league. But it was an ill-fated pairing from the start, as Bell just wasn't a good fit on a team that was rebuilding.

Bell ran for 789 yards in his first year with New York and was released a month into the 2020 season after the team failed to find a trade partner. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs for the remainder of the season, primarily playing a backup role.

The Ravens will face a tough test on the road against the Broncos, who rank second in the NFL in rush defense (59.3 yards allowed per game) and total defense (221.7) and third in pass defense (162.3).

If Bell plays Sunday, Baltimore will hope he can get near his old form and provide production in the running and passing games.