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Le’Veon Bell could be out “a while”

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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was drafted in the second round because the Steelers weren’t content with their returning crop of running backs, but it looks like they’ll be relying on those holdovers for a little while longer as they wait for Bell to recover from a mid-foot sprain.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Bell’s foot injury is not as serious as the one that will keep Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth, who will be out for a couple of months after having Lisfranc surgery earlier this month. As you’d imagine, though, foot sprains and running the football go together about as well as Antonio Smith and Richie Incognito so Bouchette also reports that it could be “a while” before the Steelers get Bell on the field.

That’s a vague timetable, but it would seem a good bet that he’ll miss this week’s game against the Chiefs and that there’s a strong chance that he’s be done for the preseason. When you add his earlier bruised knee to the mix, it’s a long way from the start to a career that Bell and the Steelers were hoping for and one that makes the old look at running back the current one all over again.

Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are back in and the Steelers are back to relying on a pair of backs that they made it clear they wanted to at least move to less-intensive roles when they drafted Bell.

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  1. twilson962 says: Aug 21, 2013 8:05 AM

    Until Pittsburgh gets better play from their o-line I don’t think it much matters who’s carrying the ball.

    I’m a die-hard Skins fan. The sad performance by the Steelers o-line made Ryan Kerrigan look like an all-pro. I mean he’s good, but he’s not THAT good.

  2. udontknowjaq says: Aug 21, 2013 8:08 AM

    After the most carries in college jus this last year, & a very physical training camp, This guy needs the rest. If its not that serious he should be ready in 4 weeks when the season starts.

  3. udontknowjaq says: Aug 21, 2013 8:12 AM

    My bad season starts in amost 3 weeks. Hoping its not that serious.

  4. steelerben says: Aug 21, 2013 8:12 AM

    From the interest in Beanie Wells and Amahad Bradshaw to now Bell I have to wonder what Todd Haley has up his sleeves in that offensive scheme that is making them look for running backs that don’t have functional legs or feet.

    Also, does anyone else find the statement now that the Steelers didn’t want Lacy because they were afraid of his injuries a little ironic?

  5. Kaz says: Aug 21, 2013 8:20 AM

    I had Bell as a 3rd round pick. Still not sold, didn’t see any burst during his little playing time. A couple yards and a cloud of smoke was about all.

  6. flaccodelic says: Aug 21, 2013 8:21 AM

    What happened to the ground and pound Steelers? Obviously not a fan, but they were great when they had Bettis and even Parker. The beginning of the Mendenhall era was the beginning of the Steelers decline.
    No doubt the Ravens Steelers games will be tough and close as always, but this team needs a run game in the worst way.

  7. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 21, 2013 8:25 AM

    We have a stable, so I don’t see any need to concern. We are built to win no matter who is in the line-up. It’s about the system, not the player.

  8. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 21, 2013 8:34 AM

    First knee trouble, now foot trouble – having a hard time seeing the value in taking this guy in the 2nd round if he’s not going to be on the field. Hopefully he mends up and can take on the load they are asking of him, but right now this seems like a longshot at best. Maybe reserve those higher end draft picks for the lineman the Steelers need so badly.

  9. tombradyswig says: Aug 21, 2013 8:39 AM

    squalers are toast! They were before this anyway.
    6-10, 7-9 at best!!

  10. ingraven says: Aug 21, 2013 8:39 AM

    Looks like Le’Veon got his Bell Rung!!!

  11. ingraven says: Aug 21, 2013 8:39 AM

    Sucks we have lost so many players already and STILL have 2 weeks left in the preseason!!

  12. raiderufan says: Aug 21, 2013 8:49 AM

    This is a big back…listed at 6-1, 244 lbs…who carried the ball 100, 182, and 382 times in college.

    382 carries + training for combine + mini camp + training camp = a long year and a tired body.

    I think he’ll be fine but they should really try to get him as healthy and rested as possible before bringing him back.

  13. jmblosser82 says: Aug 21, 2013 8:50 AM

    Dwyer looked good on Monday, Batch had some nice runs…redman had potential but I think he blew his chance

  14. mjs2012 says: Aug 21, 2013 9:02 AM

    LOL, didn’t the Steelers say they passed on Eddie Lacy because of injuries?

  15. icdogg says: Aug 21, 2013 9:21 AM

    whew! Good thing I didn’t draft him.

  16. gbmickey says: Aug 21, 2013 9:36 AM

    Yes they did and will come to regret it.

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 21, 2013 9:37 AM

    Well, at least Jarvis Jones and Marcus Wheaton look like dynamic, young players capable of having impactful rookie seasons and beyond.
    I’d call Le’Veon Bell another Kendrell Bell, except Kendrell actually had a great rookie season, earning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors back in the day.
    Le’Veon, however, is the least of the Steelers’ problems moving forward.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 21, 2013 10:14 AM

    mjs2012 says:
    Aug 21, 2013 9:02 AM
    LOL, didn’t the Steelers say they passed on Eddie Lacy because of injuries?

    10 3
    Report comment. So you are saying you have never made a mistake…..I didn’t think you meant that.

    Drafting is not a very exact science, but the steelers have not had great drafts the past few years.

  19. travisdenver says: Aug 21, 2013 10:23 AM

    Bell doesn’t have a history of injuries. The reasoning was justifiable.

  20. mjs2012 says: Aug 21, 2013 11:01 AM

    So you are saying you have never made a mistake…..I didn’t think you meant that.

    Drafting is not a very exact science, but the steelers have not had great drafts the past few years.

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    Yes. I am perfect.

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