The Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt a big blow on Wednesday. The team learned that Le’Veon Bell its rookie running back could miss between six and eight weeks after being diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury.
There is the possibility Bell would need surgery, which would end his season.
Pittsburgh said it would get another opinion on Bell before making any long-term decisions on the players’ status. Pittsburgh sent MRI scans of Bell to North Carolina based Dr. Robert Anderson a foot specialist for one final determination on whether surgery would be needed on Bell’s foot.
Bell had been expected to play a key role in the running game for Pittsburgh this season. Mike Tomlin, the team’s Head Coach, would not talk about the injury to Bell after practice on Wednesday.
Tomlin did say that during the team’s press conference on Thursday, he would discuss the team’s injuries.
In Pittsburgh’s preseason game Monday versus Washington, Bell left the game early after he sprained his right foot. The Steelers went on to lose the game 24-13.
Bell was selected by the Steelers in the second round and his knee has bothered him early in preseason and he missed the first preseason game for Pittsburgh.
He has already been listed on the depth chart as a co-starter with Isaac Redman and was expected to take more snaps as the season went on.
Pittsburgh has been hit hard with injuries to its running backs in just the first month of preseason and only has two who are completely healthy.
Over the past week, Redman suffered a stinger, LaRod Stephens-Howling hurt his knee and missed the game against Washington and Baron Batch left the Redskins’ game with a stinger.
Bell was told by Ryan Clark the team’s veteran safety to make sure his foot was 100% healed before returning to play.
The important part for Bell going forward is to stop on top of team meetings and pay attention at practice so he can be ready to play once his foot is healed.
Bell has been a big focus during training camp this season, as the Pittsburgh coaches feel they can take advantage of his size 6’1” and 244 pounds and speed to help their running attack.
With the season just over two weeks away, the Steelers will have to either move ahead with the running backs they have or pick one up as teams start cutting their rosters to reach the NFL limit by the end of the month.
More will be known on Bell’s status once Dr. Anderson reviews the MRI and determines whether surgery that could end Bell’s season, is required.