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Le’Veon Bell expected to miss 6-8 weeks with foot injury

Le'Veon Bell, Troy Polamalu AP

The news isn’t great on Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, but it’s not as bad as it could have been.

Following the reports that Bell suffered a Lisfranc injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Bell is expected to miss six weeks. Jason La Canfora of CBS put Bell’s recovery time at six to eight weeks.

If that is indeed Bell’s recovery time, the Steelers wouldn’t exactly be happy about it, but it could be worse: The Lisfranc injury that Bell suffered can cause players to miss much longer than eight weeks.

A second-round draft pick, Bell had been expected to become a major part of the Steelers’ offense. That may still happen, but the Steelers will open the season with Bell on the sideline and Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling as their running backs.

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46 Responses to “Le’Veon Bell expected to miss 6-8 weeks with foot injury”
  1. ingraven says: Aug 21, 2013 4:48 PM

    Damn I’m a Ravens fan but that still sucks.

  2. 6packsteelers says: Aug 21, 2013 4:51 PM

    It could be worse; however after watching the O-line Monday night I’m feelin a lil cautious right now…

  3. steelpenbucs87 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:51 PM

    I suppose a silver lining of this situation is that it’ll also give him time to rest the nagging knee injury. Kid has had a rough welcome to the NFL.

    Interested to see what this means for Dwyer and Redman race. I like what Dwyer has done in terms of his running but the kid just REFUSES to hold onto the ball.

    My guess is that you begin to see the Steelers embrace some of the more west-coasty portions of their offensive playbook. Three and four wide-outs running shorter routes on shorter drops. Guys like Brown, Wheaton, and Sanders have some shiftiness to their game that could make this work. The challenge will be making that work against 3 division opponents with above-average coverage LBs.

    This hurts the team, but I’m not willing to say its a complete deathblow to the season.

  4. crackills says: Aug 21, 2013 4:52 PM

    Even A.Peterson would have trouble running behind that shoddy o-line. Good luck with those RBs!

  5. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 21, 2013 4:54 PM

    Being a Steelers fan myself and putting myself in the GM’s position I would have Bell take the year off. With the workload he had in college and now these injuries (remember his knee was torqued too) I would sit him out this year and start his “rookie” year next year when he’s nice and fresh and totally healed up.

    Putting him back out there in a month and half to two months with that type of injury does not seem very wise to me. Just asking for a very short career with all kinds of leg/foot injury related problems if you rush him back.

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 21, 2013 4:56 PM

    Might as well put him on IR and get a healthy body in there. Our stable is more than capable.

    It’d be nice though to get him back for that ravens game. No better medicine than beating up on an inferior team.

  7. sallust99 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:56 PM

    And the hits keep coming . . .

  8. richeisennflnetwork says: Aug 21, 2013 4:57 PM

    I still don’t understand why they didn’t take Lacy. He is going to be awesome for the Packers, and Colbert is going to regret his decision.

  9. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    We see the rest of the league is shaking in their cleats at the mere thought of us. We understand your terror and we are trying our best to make your losing experience as enjoyable as possible.

    Steeler Nation is a proud Nation. We are carried by the promise of glory. Sometimes we might come across as arrogant, but that is only because our superiority is genuine, as is the league-wide attempt to emulate our model.

    We want to sincerely thank the fans of the other thirty-one teams for giving your best shot week in and out. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and we are willing to accept loyal fans to the forthcoming Steeler Football League after our last victory lap in the NFL. Stay tuned for more info regarding that.

  10. steelcurtainn says: Aug 21, 2013 5:06 PM

    Great!!!! Already starting off with another year of injuries….seems as if every year is the same. The steelers will have to fight through this and they will prevail. Next man up, has become the theme.

  11. richiesaurus310 says: Aug 21, 2013 5:14 PM

    And that’s why I do my fantasy draft the third week of preseason.

  12. apkyletexas says: Aug 21, 2013 5:23 PM

    Baron Batch is probably the best back on the squad. I don’t know why the media keeps hyping Redman, Dwyer and Stephens-Howling as the top backups.

  13. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 21, 2013 5:33 PM

    Look at TP in that picture. He’s back.

    #bestever

  14. mtheparrothead says: Aug 21, 2013 5:37 PM

    Yeah good luck with that. Mjd says see you next season.

  15. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 21, 2013 5:37 PM

    “Next man up.”

    -Mike Tomlin

  16. gridassassin says: Aug 21, 2013 5:38 PM

    Michael Bush is available from the Bears Steelers fans! He’s a beast – could be a modern day BUS, just with less mileage on his tires.

  17. bigbens69taintedlove says: Aug 21, 2013 5:49 PM

    Now Isaac Redman will get the respect he deserves. I bet he leads the division in rushing yards.

  18. billhicks666 says: Aug 21, 2013 5:56 PM

    Le’Veon Bell’s softness/weakness confirmed.

  19. rockinrodie says: Aug 21, 2013 6:07 PM

    how sensible would it have been to have taken bradshaw? vet minimum salary is all they would have risked.

  20. squared80 says: Aug 21, 2013 6:09 PM

    He has had 3 injuries since being drafted. Yikes.

  21. cguy7 says: Aug 21, 2013 6:18 PM

    By the way, thanks for your third round pick in 2014… (it’s looking better by the day) Sure you’ll be drafting an O-lineman and another running back, to replace this year’s whiff in the first and second rounds. Good call on Shamarko, a guy who couldn’t cover me and has a concussion history playing in the A.F.C. North… (big reach)

  22. stlrs105 says: Aug 21, 2013 6:24 PM

    It really looks like Tomlin got to those 2 Super Bowls with Cowher’s help. As Cowhers players drop off, the record gets worse.

  23. rutchaser says: Aug 21, 2013 6:59 PM

    Even as a Bengals fan, that sucks. Hope he gets back.

  24. wisdomnfl says: Aug 21, 2013 7:09 PM

    Barron Batch? I think his longest career run is two yards.

  25. tigertaz27 says: Aug 21, 2013 7:29 PM

    Steelers could easily finish last in their division.

  26. sellout1983 says: Aug 21, 2013 8:40 PM

    I hope he comes back soon?

  27. thesportsguy52 says: Aug 21, 2013 8:58 PM

    But…but how will they continue to play “STEELER FOOTBALL” if they can’t run the ball?? Oh, wait. They haven’t been able to since 2004.

  28. clebrowns216 says: Aug 21, 2013 9:03 PM

    In response to the Mike Tomlin comment,

    As a Browns fan I hate everything about the Steelers. Except for Mike Tomlin. And I’m not even embarrassed to say it. He is just a G. I would take him as my coach any day of the week.

  29. 1mommicked1 says: Aug 21, 2013 9:10 PM

    get rid of any player that can not go onto the field and play. are you paying for foot/leg/knee injuries or players?

  30. 3yardsndust says: Aug 21, 2013 9:20 PM

    Tomlin knew he was injured and put him in a meaningless preseason game. Thanks, Mike. You really, really suck.

  31. tedmurph says: Aug 21, 2013 9:59 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:Aug 21, 2013 5:37 PM

    “Next man up.”

    -Mike Tomlin
    ———————————————————-

    You might be better off with next coach up, as well as next GM. Tomlin has been over his head since the get go, as has Colbert, since Doug Whaley left.

  32. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 21, 2013 10:22 PM

    “But…but how will they continue to play “STEELER FOOTBALL” if they can’t run the ball?? Oh, wait. They haven’t been able to since 2004.”

    Oh yes, how horrible it’s been in that 9 year span to have been to 3 SB’s, winning 2. Other than the loss, I’d day that’s exactly what Steelers football is.

  33. splashtacular says: Aug 22, 2013 12:09 AM

    I bet they are kicking themselves for not taking Lacy now…

  34. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 22, 2013 1:53 AM

    Ought to change his name to china doll bell. This dude is looking like a bust

  35. offthelows says: Aug 22, 2013 2:06 AM

    The thing is Bell is seeking a second opinion, and that would suggest he doesn’t agree with the opinion or is at least more open to getting surgery than the team is. He was highly drafted so he has some leverage there, like say, Percy Harvin. He’d come back in 6 weeks maybe he’s less effective, more susceptible to injury, or has to play through pain, then some players would rather get fully healed via surgery and be at 100% the next year.

  36. clashpoint says: Aug 22, 2013 3:27 AM

    I’ll never figure this site out. I made a good post about the quality of the team around Bell last year vs the quality of the team someone like Lacy had, and it gets deleted. Yet all these mindless idiot posts are allowed? If all you want here are stupid posts, then I guess you’re doing it right. Anyone who puts research and care into their posts can just go somewhere else.

  37. dennychimes says: Aug 22, 2013 5:51 AM

    Steeler fans, Last year I was bummed when you guys lost DeCastro. Young kid with great promise who fits the Steeler mold. I wished him well and am glad to see the kid back! I do the same for Bell, Great kid, great promise. I hate to see injuries on any team, but its part of the game and it happens all to often. As a Ravens fan, I take a different approach to the bashing, name calling, and rudeness of some (so called fans) on here and accept the rivalry as GREAT Football between 2 teams. Good luck this year in 14 of your 16 games (wink.) I for one enjoy our level of competition and think the AFCN is the best division in Football.

  38. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 22, 2013 7:01 AM

    Ha Ha you got no running game this year. I hope your QB likes running for his life this year. Getting Old and a Soft Team.

  39. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 22, 2013 8:12 AM

    Wake up Steelers! Ravens just picked up Delone Carter while Tomlin and Colbert asleep at the switch. You could have easily traded Woodley, Polamalu, or Roethlisbooger for him but you continue to sit on your hands and feel sorry for yourselves. The rest of us in the AFCN are not going to accept another year of excuses while you blame everything on injuries. Help me help you.

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 22, 2013 9:22 AM

    thesportsguy52 says:
    Aug 21, 2013 8:58 PM
    But…but how will they continue to play “STEELER FOOTBALL” if they can’t run the ball?? Oh, wait. They haven’t been able to since 2004.

    26 7 I guess the SB wins in 2005 &2008 they played something other than steeler football? Think before you say something so Raven trollish.

  41. steelcurtainn says: Aug 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    Not really worried about the Bell situation. It sucks he won’t be able to start for the steelers right away but 6 weeks is nothing. He’ll be back before the end of September gets here. Its the team whose healthy in January that matters. The Steelers will be in the hunt for a playoff spot as usual.

  42. stoogy says: Aug 22, 2013 11:37 AM

    Bell wouldn’t of been a good running back in the NFL anyhow he is smaller then he looks on paper and slower then most linebackers in todays NFL and the steelers oline can’t open a hole big enough for an ant to run though. Either way the steelers were not going to win more then 8 games. BTW the AFC north is not the best division in football anymore. Ben is the most over rated QB in the history of the NFL.

  43. steel2372 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:49 PM

    billhicks666 says: Aug 21, 2013 5:56 PM

    Le’Veon Bell’s softness/weakness confirmed.

    —————————————————
    I dont see how a Lisfranc injury is considered soft. The guy is injured. You cant play with that injury. Good luck in the healing process. Hopefully he comes back healthy. Go Steelers

  44. steel2372 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:52 PM

    thesportsguy52 says:
    Aug 21, 2013 8:58 PM
    But…but how will they continue to play “STEELER FOOTBALL” if they can’t run the ball?? Oh, wait. They haven’t been able to since 2004.

    —————————————–

    You showed by that comment you dont even know what Steelers football is.

  45. coachbeck says: Aug 22, 2013 1:07 PM

    With their OL the way it’s playing now Bo Jackson would fail.

    When will people start admitting that they draft horribly.

    I am a Bengals fan as I know we sucked at the draft for years but I would rather have Mike Brown drafting than Colbert. Since Tomlin has come in they have gotten nothing from the draft. That’s why they are so old with Cowhers guys lol.

    Mendenhall – bust
    Worlds – bust
    Hood. – bust
    No backup qb
    No running backs
    No defensive players to supplant the aging defense.
    No safety replacement for TP

    Without Ben they are a 4 win team.

    Dude should get more credit than he does. They do nothing to surround him with talent.

  46. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 22, 2013 9:48 PM

    Aug 22, 2013 11:37 AM
    Bell wouldn’t of been a good running back in the NFL anyhow he is smaller then he looks on paper and slower then most linebackers in todays NFL and the steelers oline can’t open a hole big enough for an ant to run though. Either way the steelers were not going to win more then 8 games. BTW the AFC north is not the best division in football anymore. Ben is the most over rated QB in the history of the NFL.

    So going to THREE SB makes Ben overrated? I want some of what you have been smoking….on second thought you don’t to smoke anything to sound stupid.

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