Le'Veon Bell injury update: Steelers RB likely to play, but fantasy value up in the air

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is likely to play on Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is probable for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. The rookie back has yet to play this year due to a foot injury sustained against the Washington Redskins in the preseason. The injury has been classified as a Lisfranc sprain.

The more serious Lisfranc injury is among the worst a running back can suffer, especially early in his career. That's why he's missed three games thus far with the less-serious injury. That said, Bell has been practicing this week and seems likely to get some playing time on Sunday.

Bell was named the starting running back prior to the start of the regular season and seemed in line to handle a heavy workload for the run-needy Steelers. The injury has led to Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer splitting time for a run game that has been so-so through three games. The Steelers are 0-3 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Bell will likely make his season debut on Sunday, but it's unclear if he'll start or how many touches he'll get. It's likely the Steelers still consider him their starter, but he may not get the opportunity in his first game back. He's an intriguing fantasy option going forward, but if you have someone who might be better, they should be started in Week 4.

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