The Pittsburgh Steelers feared the worst when it learned of rookie running back Le’Veon Bell’s Lisfranc injury and that fear has been confirmed. The team appears confident that Bell, who is seeking a second medical opinion on his injured foot, has the dreaded Lisfranc injury and he is looking over his options to determine whether or not he will need surgery.
From Jay Glazer of FOX Sports:
Steelers believe Le’Veon Bell has Lis Franc injury they r hoping will not require surgery but won’t be sure until he gets it double checked
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 21, 2013
Bell injured his foot during the team’s Monday Night Football match up against the Washington Redskins in Week 2 of the preseason. It was his NFL debut after missing Week 1 with knee soreness. Now, it looks like he may miss most of his rookie campaign.
Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth is also dealing with a Lisfranc injury and he is expected to miss up to ten weeks.
With Bell on the sidelines, look for Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer to fill the role as a running back by committee. Pittsburgh could also use LaRod Stephens-Howling as a third down back and change of pace player for their backfield.