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Le'Veon Bell feeling great after first game post-injury

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If Friday was any indication, Le'Veon Bell will be just fine.

The Steelers running back showed no ill effects from last year's knee surgery, churning out 58 total yards in his first game action in 10 months during a 27-14 win over the Saints.

Saying that he felt "great," per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bell added: "I can only imagine how I'll feel in a month."

The runner, of course, faces a three-game suspension to open the season, but is slated to return in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Shaking off a fumble he attributed to "rust," Bell hauled down five passes for 37 yards and rushed for another 21 yards on three attempts against New Orleans. We saw flashes of Bell's juking ability on a 13-yard catch on Pittsburgh's first drive.

It was a small sample size, but Bell passed the eye test and knows that another month of preparation will only help him return to form.

"Obviously I've still got to be the same player, be aggressive, deliver some punishment," said Bell, "but I've got to be smart."

With playmaking wideout Martavis Bryant out for the year, the Steelers need Bell to play at peak levels in 2016. If he does, this offense still has the talent -- starting with Ben Roethlisberger under center -- to hang with anybody league-wide.

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