Just nine days after undergoing surgery, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is out of his walking boot, sparking speculation that Bell did not suffer a Lisfranc injury as originally reported.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin hinted that Bell’s injury wasn’t as bad as initially reported a few days back and it apperars he was right, considering how quickly Bell had his walking boot removed.
Per the Washington Observer:
The Steelers made a number of roster moves late Sunday night to get down to the NFL roster limit of 75 players. Linebacker Sean Spence was placed on the PUP list, while guard Justin Cheadle and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke were placed on the Waived/Injured list. Rookie defensive end Nick Williams was placed on injured reserve. Released were offensive tackles D’Anthony Batiste and Mike Farrell, running backs Baron Batch and Jeremy Wright, receivers Tyler Shaw and David Gilreath, quarterback John Parker Wilson, cornerback Ryan Steed, tight end Peter Tuitupou and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester. … Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, who is out with a mid-foot sprain, is no longer wearing a walking boot. His return, however, remains indefinite.
Bell was originally estimated to be out a minimum of six weeks, but given the unknown about his injury, it’s difficult to make a projection about his return.
Either way, the lack of walking boot is nothing but a positive sign for Bell and the Steeler faithful.