July 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Tuesday's NFL roundup: Le'Veon Bell striving to fix his footwork

Le'Veon Bell was slowed by injuries during his rookie season but he showed the Steelers he can be an every-down back. (Keith Srakocic / Associated Press)

Latrobe, Pa. — Le’Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw.

There were times during his rookie season when the Steelers running back would place his hand on an offensive lineman’s back and wait patiently for the hole to open.

Sometimes, one would appear. Sometimes it wouldn’t, mainly because whatever sliver of daylight existed had already been swallowed by darkness while Bell was still trying to read the blocks in front of him.

After vieing the tape, Bell grudgingly gave himself a “C-plus” for his rookie season.

“At the time, I thought I was doing pretty good,” Bell said. “Then when I started breaking it down, I realized I wasn’t doing what I thought I could.”

So Bell spent the spring focusing on his footwork to avoid the mincing steps he’s certain cost him valuable yardage a year ago.

“It’s definitely going to help me with my burst and my explosion coming out of cuts,” Bell said.

It might be the one thing that was missing during an otherwise productive 2013 in which his 1,259 all-purpose yards bettered the franchise rookie record set by Hall of Famer Franco Harris more than 40 years ago.

Bell, a former Michigan State star, proved to be a workhorse after missing the first three weeks with a foot injury, averaging more than 22 touches in 13 games. Problem is, too often those touches didn’t go anywhere. His 3.5 yards per carry ranked 38th in the league.

Extra points

Maryland authorities will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on of former Ravens owner Art
Modell’s grave.

The man, who has been identified only as a Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine.

He posted a video of the incident to YouTube.

Modell died in 2012 at 87.

... Donald Trump says he is unlikely to be the next owner of the Bills because he’s “not going to do something totally stupid” to make the team his.

“I’ll be bidding, but many other people will be bidding,” the billionaire businessman said.

Personnel dept.

Facing an indefinite suspension, Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon hired attorney Maurice
Suhto represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week.

Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday.

Gordon is facing an indefinite ban under the league’s substance abuse policy.

... Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a drunken driving charge in the Atlanta area in June, according to law enforcement officials.

Abraham has been absent from camp since last Friday.

DeKalb County Jail records show he was charged with driving under the influence involving alcohol, as well as stopping, standing or parking in a prohibited place.

... Safety Jairus
Byrd is practicing with the Saints for the first time since his signing in March.

Byrd, who had offseason back surgery, has been taken off the physically unable to perform list, allowing him to join practice.

... Titans running back Shonn Greene, who has had two surgeries on his right knee in the past year, took part in a walk-through before practice, then spent the session on the side rehabilitating his knee with trainers.