Le’Veon Bell Has Likely Done His Last Flip Into The End Zone For A While

The flip into the end zone for a touchdown Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings might very well be the last one that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell does for while, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.

Bell, who scored his first NFL touchdown from eight yards out with 4:02 left in the first quarter, said Tuesday that he was given a pass for the flip from head coach Mike Tomlin because it was his first touchdown. Tomlin did, however, tell the second-round draft pick to be more careful with his body in the future.

Bell, who would later score a second rushing touchdown in the game, registered 84 total yards of offense in his NFL regular-season debut. He did, however, tweak his previously sprained foot during the game, but was able to return after having it examined by the team doctors on the sideline.

“I tweaked it a little bit,” said Bell about his foot following the loss to the Vikings. “It’s alright, I was still able to finish.”

Bell played a total of 60 snaps during his debut and registered 27 of his 57 yards rushing after first contact.

When you look at Bell’s first touchdown run in the animated gifs below, you will see him first sidestep a tackle attempt by linebacker Chad Greenway in the backfield. Next, he presses the line which in turn forces safety Andrew Sendejo to commit inside. Lastly, he cuts quickly to the outside and around the great block by tight end Heath Miller for the easy score.

If Bell is able to stay healthy moving forward, it should certainly help the Steelers running game that has now rushed for 232 yards on 73 carries in their first four games.

Steelers Le'Veon Bell animated gif touchdown

Steelers Le'Veon Bell animated gif touchdown

  • dennisdoubleday

    Ummmm….double GIFs

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Although I could’ve done without the flip, I think diving at the pylon might’ve saved him from taking at shot.

  • Ken

    I’m glad we have someone that has enough energy to want to do a flip.

  • Matt Smith

    Nice sidestep to avoid Greenway, looks like Will Johnson got a piece of him too. Nice effort to dive and pick him up late.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    If he keeps scoring 2 TDs a game I’ll be doing flips..!!!

  • Eric

    He made his first NFL touchdown memorable. Byron Leftwich can eat his heart out.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I have no issues with the flip. Personally, Mike should be spending more of his time trying to flip that o-line starting with the “Human Traffic Cone” Mike Adams.

  • Mike.H

    The 65 year old version of Le’veon Bell would be in traction with Medicare sanctioned wet nurse — with sponge bath to follow per Costanza/Seinfeld.

  • Showboogie

    Watching the score live, I didn’t think he was gonna make it. That extra burst of speed to get around the corner is what did it. Also I was impressed with the blocking of Gilbert on that play “effort wise” not sure if Will Johnson was late on the block but he got enough of his man to free Bell to score. Great to see a Red zone TD

  • RedCarpetDefense

    A rushing one too…seems like forever since we saw one of those.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I was just about to post the same about Gilbert. Seems like his play has improved he looked pretty good getting to the second level.

  • W. Michael Koval

    Amen Virdin and Christopher. I agree on both counts. I guess in the pros, you aren’t supposed to have fun. I was waiting for the unsportsman-like flag that the refs have thrown a lot against Pittsburgh. Rember Keisel’s shooting the bow last year? I just watched the last Steeler fumble again. Anyone tell me why that play wasn’t blown dead when forward progress was stopped and 3-4 guys were permitted to basically assault and batter the QB until they got the ball loose while other times a man on the ground grasping Roethlesberger’s ankle has been blown dead frequently ?

  • steeltown

    I was thinking the same.. first TD it was cool to see, but don’t make a habit of it

  • Arthur Branch

    Roethlesberger’s name is not Brady he will never get that call.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    The flip is cool…if he’s gonna get hurt doing that then we oughtta trade him now.

    Excellent blocking on this play. Will Johnson dives at first man in and Bell sidesteps the two of them…then that safety fills the hole where the play seems designed, but Bell pops outside quickly to beat him and others to the corner. TE D Johnson turns his man outside to open the original hole and holds his block long enough so when Bell breaks outside he is still in position to help free him. Miller gets lined up on a CB who tries to dart inside, probably because he couldn’t see Bell going outside, he was toast…about the easiest block ever. Velasco and foster handle the tackle, simple enough, but they get excellent push and get deep enough to impede the week side backer from making a play…who then impedes the week side safety. Gilbert and DeCastro don’t do a very good job on the tackle who gets into the original hole, but Gilbert manages not to fall over and gets in the way of LB. Blocking a man and a half is way too much responsibility for him, Steelers got lucky on this play.

    Note, Adams almost totally whiffs his block, what else is new, but Will Johnson pops up and helps out just in case. Wheaton hussles downfield only to pull up and shy away from contacting the safety. Piss poor effort.