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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell accomplished another first in what has been a breakout season for the second-year player.

Bell won AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for 185 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 42-21 win at Cincinnati. Bell also caught six passes for 50 yards and a score.

It is the first time Bell has won the award and the first time a Steelers running back has won the award since Rashard Mendenhall in 2011.

Bell, who is a lock to make his first Pro Bowl, is second in the NFL with 1,231 rushing yards. His 1,924 yards from scrimmage trails only Dallas’ DeMarco Murray (1,998).

Bell has the most yards from scrimmage (3,183) of any NFL player since the fourth week of last season.

The 2013 second-round draft pick missed the first three games of his rookie season because of a mid-foot sprain.