Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell was given every opportunity to win the team’s starting job after being selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but injuries have stopped Bell from stepping up and taking over the role that the Steelers had hoped he could fill.
Bell was slowed in training camp with a minor knee injury, but he finally had the opportunity to show his skill on the field during the team’s second preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
Unfortunately, after being handed the ball on four straight carries, Bell left the field with a foot injury.
How hurt is Bell?
The Steelers announced Bell’s diagnosis on Twitter:
Coach Tomlin says @L_Bell26 has a mid-foot injury and will be evaluated again tomorrow. LaRod didn’t play due to a knee strain (not major).
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 20, 2013
The good news is that there is no break, but Bell is not out of the clear just yet.
Mid-foot sprains can keep players out of action for a number of weeks and there is still an elephant in the room. Any time there is a mid-foot sprain, team’s fear the worst and hope that the player can avoid a Lisfranc injury.
We will have to see the severity of Bell’s injury and we should learn a timetable for his return in the coming weeks.