“I can’t wait to go out there and show people what I can do,” Bell said. “I’m 100 percent.”
Bell hasn’t played since sustaining a mid-foot sprain in an Aug. 19 preseason game. His return should help a ground attack that is No. 31 in the NFL and is averaging 51.7 rushing yards per game. Bell said he does not know how extensive his role will be Sunday. Felix Jones is atop the Steelers' depth chart after starting last Sunday night against the Chicago Bears and Bell is behind him.
Bell's return, barring a setback in practice, will come almost six weeks since the former Michigan State star hurt his right foot.
“I don’t feel like I’m rushing it at all,” said Bell, the Steelers’ second-round draft pick last April. “I feel like I’m ready now and ready to help this team win games.”
Cortez Allen also looks like he is ready to help the Steelers as they try to win their first game of the season.
The starting cornerback returned to practice Wednesday after missing the last two games because of a sprained ankle.
In addition to Bell and Allen, starting nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring) was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
Defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring) did not practice but he is expected to play against the Vikings.