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Former Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Has ‘A Lot to Prove’ after Release by Jets



Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is a free agent just 19 months after signing a four-year free agent contract with the New York Jets.

The Jets reportedly released Bell on Tuesday after being unable to find a trading partner for the disgruntled running back, who had requested an exit from New York.

New York will eat the remainder of his over $15 million salary this season, plus have another $4 million in dead cap money for the 2021 season.

The 28-year-old Bell has played in just two of the Jets’ first four games and rushed a total of 19 times for 74 yards, a 3.9 yards per carry average. He has also caught three passes for 39 yards.

Bell refused to speak with the New York media after the Jets lost to fall to 0-5 on Sunday. He’ll now be free to sign with whatever team he likes, something that should make him an attractive option in a league that has already seen high-profile backs Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, Tarik Cohen, Dalvin Cook, Austin Ekeler, Philip Lindsay, Christian McCaffrey, Marlon Mack and Sony Michel suffer injuries in the early part of the season.

There has been some speculation that Bell might enjoy a return to Pittsburgh, where he played for five seasons after being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Michigan State.

But the Steelers have a fairly full running backs room with Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and rookie Anthony McFarland, Jr. working in behind starter James Conner. It’s also not clear if any bad feelings between parties remain after Bell held out the entire 2018 season rather than sign the Steelers’ franchise tender.

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Ravens Sign former All-Pro WR Dez Bryant to Practice Squad



The Baltimore Ravens may have a new weapon on the practice field to help simulate big Steelers receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool, and he has quite a pedigree of his own.

“My emotions running high right now,” Bryant wrote on Twitter. 
“I’m thankful. … I can’t stop crying.”

The Ravens officially signed veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant to their practice squad on Tuesday, and he is expected to get to work this week to help Baltimore prepare to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bryant, 31, last played in 2017 with the Dallas Cowboys. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and once an NFL All-Pro in his eight seasons in Dallas, racking up 531 career catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns.

He attempted to play in the 2018 season with the New Orleans Saints, but tore his achilles before the season, spent the year on injured reserve and has not been on an NFL roster since.

Bryant could play on Sunday, even if he remains on the practice squad, as NFL teams are permitted to activate up to two practice squad players per game this year, though it’s unclear what the Ravens plans are for the veteran receiver.

They have been looking for someone to take attention away from No. 1 receiver Marquise Brown, with Willie Snead, Miles Boykin and rookie Devin Duvernay all getting extensive playing time this season.

Brown leads the Ravens with 42 targets, 26 receptions, 376 and receiving yards, but has scored just one touchdown on the season.

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Report: Titans Could Face Fine for COVID-19 Outbreak that Caused Postponements



The Tennessee Titans will not have to forfeit any draft picks, but may be subject to a fine for the team’s handling of its COVID-19 outbreak that caused the postponement of its scheduled Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter said that there will be no discipline for any individuals involved, only to the team, and that punishment will be a result of unclear communication regarding player workouts outside the facility and a lack of compliance with regards to wearing face masks.

The Titans had reportedly held players-only workouts while the team’s facility was shut down, which may have resulted in the team’s extended period of positive tests that caused it to miss its game against the Steelers and its Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills to be moved to a Tuesday night.

The Steelers and Titans will make up their Week 4 game this Sunday, rescheduled during what was supposed to be the Steelers’ bye week.

Instead, it will be the first of a three-game road swing as the Steelers will visit Tennessee, the Baltimore Ravens and then the Dallas Cowboys.

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Report: Titans TE Jonnu Smith Questionable for Steelers Game



Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith is considered questionable for Sunday’s upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a “minor” ankle sprain, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Smith suffered the injury in the first half Tennessee’s 42-36 (OT) win over the Houston Texans last Sunday, finishing the day with just one catch for 13 yards.

Smith is off to a tremendous start in 2020 and has quickly become one of quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s favorite targets, catching 19 passes for 234 yards and five touchdowns. He had seven touchdowns over his first three seasons combined.

While Smith’s status for Sunday is still uncertainty, it was confirmed Monday morning the Titans will be without left tackle Taylor Lewan for the rest of the season, who suffered a torn ACL against the Texans.

Selected by Tennessee in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft our of Florida International, Smith has spent his entire four-year career in Nashville.

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