Steelers rookie Le'Veon Bell to run with first-team offense

The Pittsburgh Steelers have immediately installed rookie running back Le'Veon Bell with the first-string offense heading into the preseason opener Satuday night against the New York Giants.

The starters are slated to play up to a dozen snaps.

"Don't be surprised if you see Le'Veon getting some snaps with those guys," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "I think he has earned that. I think how he is running the ball speaks for itself."

Bell will see plenty of playing time overall to evaluate him.

"He, like a lot of guys, we need to get a lot of exposure to," Tomlin said.

Bell is a big, strong back who's competing with playing time with Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman.

Bell has the potential to be an every-down back.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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