Is the timing of Le’Veon Bell’s supposed return because of the bye, or the Bengals?
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By Dave.Schofield

Earlier this month, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Le’Veon Bell plans to return to the Steelers this season, most likely during the Week 7 bye. While it makes sense for Bell to report at that time in order to cash a weekly check without having to participate in a game, it also coincides with the Steelers coming off of one of their match ups with the Cincinnati Bengals. And Le’Veon has quite a history with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Since coming into the league in 2013, Le’Veon Bell has missed four complete games against Cincinnati, as well as leaving two other games with season-ending injuries. To put it into perspective, Bell has only completed 45% of the possible games against the Bengals. It all began in Week 2 of 2013 when LeVeon had yet to begin his regular-season career due to an injury. This particular game is the last time the Steelers have been defeated in Cincinnati, falling 20–10.

In week 15 of Bell’s rookie season, the Steelers defeated the Bengals at Heinz Field 30–20. In the game, Le’Veon rushed for 57 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown. He also added 50 yards receiving on five...

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