Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell suffered what appeared to be a serious concussion on Sunday, following a big hit from Baltimore Ravens defensive back Jimmy Smith at the goal line. The hit jarred Bell’s helmet loose as he fell to the ground unconscious which is where he remained for several minutes as he was attended to by the team’s medical staff.
Bell left the game with a concussion and he will be undergoing the league mandated tests.
While the hit didn’t look good for Bell, the team said this week that he is “looking good.”
From Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Le’Veon Bell will go through all tests, but looks good. McLendon, Woodley limited on Wed in practice
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) December 3, 2013
It would be a bit surprising if Bell was cleared to resume playing in time for next week’s game, but the team appears to be optimistic.
In mixed martial arts, fighters who are knocked unconscious immediately receive a minimum of a 60 day suspension, which shows that the NFL’s concussion protocol still leaves a lot to be desired despite their constant talk of increased player safety.