Yes, he's choosing to consider a positive from his looming three-game suspension for missed drug tests. Bell, who tore two ligaments in his right knee in November, said his body felt "great" after 58 total yards in the Steelers' 27-14 win over the New Orleans Saints on Friday night.
"I can only imagine how I'll feel in a month," Bell said.
Bell caught five passes for 37 yards and rushed for 21 yards on three carries. He attributed a fumble on third-and-18 to rust; he rarely fumbled in his first three seasons.
Bell split snaps with DeAngelo Williams, and on the Steelers' 15-play, 74-yard opening drive, Bell took a screen pass 13 yards down the sideline and was tackled on a 3-yard run up the middle.
Bell said he's not thinking about what the next few weeks will be like without football. But he's taking a more cautious approach to games after ending back-to-back regular seasons with knee injuries.
He's more aware of the sideline now.
"Obviously I've still got to be the same player, be aggressive, deliver some punishment -- but I've got to be smart," he said.