Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell ruled out for missed practice, not injury

Aug 12, 2013; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been ruled out of the season opener. The Steelers will start Isaac Redman instead. Bell has been battling an injury to his foot but that isn’t the reason he has been ruled out of the opener. Redman won’t be carrying the load himself, it will be a running back by committee approach. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling will get chances to play as well.

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference that rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is the only player who has been ruled out for the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Bell, who is rehabilitating a foot sprain, will not play because he won’t be able to practice. Tomlin made it a point to say the practice time and not necessarily the injury is preventing Bell from playing, which indicates he is close to returning soon.

It’s hard to gauge whether this is Tomlin spin, and he is downplaying Bell’s injury, or the truth. If the comments are true, he should play in week 2 as long as he practices next week.