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Report: Steelers believe Le’Veon Bell has Lisfranc injury

Le'Veon Bell, Kirby  Wilson AP

We already knew that the Steelers were waiting for a second opinion on running back Le’Veon Bell’s injured right foot before determining how long of “a while” he’d be out of the lineup.

Now a pair of reports shed some light on what’s worrying the Steelers. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network both report that the Steelers believe Bell has suffered a Lisfranc injury, which could mean a lengthy stay on the sideline while he recovers.

Glazer reports that Steelers are hopeful that Bell will be able to avoid surgery, although they won’t have any confirmation of that until after they get the second opinion. Tight end Matt Spaeth needed surgery on his own Lisfranc injury and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks, although earlier reports say the injury wasn’t as severe as the one Spaeth suffered. Rapoport reports the same in regard to surgery and adds that the Steelers are “pretty frustrated.”

You’d expect as much since the Steelers went through one injury after another in their backfield last season, to say nothing of the fact that players drafted in the second round are expected to play major roles for their teams and it is looking increasingly likely that Bell will be barred from doing that for the immediate future.

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  1. realfootballfan says: Aug 21, 2013 2:56 PM

    This is going about as disastrously as possible. After passing up Eddie Lacy because of a fear his toe would never heal properly, he just goes out and looks like a stud instantly while their pick has been too fragile to get 10 carries in a preseason game.

  2. cincy85 says: Aug 21, 2013 2:57 PM

    Sucks for bell, but…. Hahahahahahahaha steelers

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 21, 2013 2:58 PM

    The search for Lis Franc goes on, but she disappears as quickly as she strikes.

  4. Tyler says: Aug 21, 2013 2:59 PM

    Jonathan Dwyer’s fantasy stock just went up.

  5. antalicus says: Aug 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    Say goodbye to the steeler runs game for at least a year. Talk about a slow healing injury.

  6. jrebar88 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    The Steelers weren’t going anywhere this year anyway

  7. Stiller43 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:01 PM

    I heard 3-6 weeks a couple days ago…looks to still be in that range if its comparable to speaths but not as severe.

    Either way, balls.

  8. bluenose1965 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    Did Jay Glazer say it could kill him? :)

  9. dgreenfi says: Aug 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    Jonathan Dwyer or Isaac Redman

    Isaac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer

    Fantasy Football decisions.

  10. bengalguy says: Aug 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    Old slow team

  11. tooz72 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    B U S T

  12. icebowler says: Aug 21, 2013 3:08 PM

    Weren’t the Steelers the first ones to say they took Eddy Lacy off their board because he was too injury prone?

  13. boswivel says: Aug 21, 2013 3:10 PM

    thegreatgabbert said:

    The search for Lis Franc goes on, but she disappears as quickly as she strikes.

    _______________________

    If he can find her, Roger Goodell will fine her.

  14. pathsovglory says: Aug 21, 2013 3:13 PM

    damn… and Le’Veon was a sure-fire pick as well. No luck.

  15. blackngold4life says: Aug 21, 2013 3:14 PM

    Just came to read the funny page..

  16. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:19 PM

    dgreenfi says: Aug 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    Jonathan Dwyer or Isaac Redman

    Isaac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer

    Fantasy Football decisions.
    __________________________________

    Gotta go with Redman. He is such a violent runner!

  17. firstand4ever says: Aug 21, 2013 3:21 PM

    Before the draft. The Steelers worked out Beanie Wells. I wonder if he will be brought in for another physical at this point. There aren’t a lot of veteran options out there. There are the likes of Michael Turner, Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant etc… Steelers might be forced to go down that road.

  18. iamthefootballjerk says: Aug 21, 2013 3:23 PM

    Where was Ray Lewis when this happened? After all, he ruined Mendenhall’s rookie season.

  19. flaccodelic says: Aug 21, 2013 3:23 PM

    cincy85 says:
    Aug 21, 2013 2:57 PM
    Sucks for bell, but…. Hahahahahahahaha steelers

    Cheering for injuries is low rent. If you think your team is worth a damn you should want to prove it by beating the best everyone else has to throw at you.

  20. Youknowimright says: Aug 21, 2013 3:23 PM

    Paging Mr. Franc, Mr Lisfranc.

  21. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 21, 2013 3:25 PM

    That’s a shame.

  22. stevietimmy says: Aug 21, 2013 3:26 PM

    Always interesting to me how you don’t ever seem to hear of certain types of injuries then BAM, it seems like everyone gets it. When Westbrook got a lisfranc injury back in ’05, no one knew where the hell it was even located. Now…

  23. scoops1 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:28 PM

    blackngold4life says: Aug 21, 2013 3:14 PM

    Just came to read the funny page..
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    Minn. Vikings stories are on the next page

  24. raiderufan says: Aug 21, 2013 3:28 PM

    Ok….the kid is a big back, 6-1 244, and he just had 382 carries his Junior year. That’s up from 182 the year before.

    That’s roughly 29 carries a game (counting bowl).

    2,000 yards RB’s in the NFL? 332, 379, 335, 392, 387, 358 and 348.

    Most of those guys were never the same. If anyone expected a 244 pound rookie who just got 200 more carries than he’s ever gotten to then have the crazy offseason he had and then be expected to be the bell cow for the Pittsburgh Steelers….thats a crazy person.

  25. whitdog23 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:29 PM

    if you’re debating between dwyer and redman — your fantasy team must really suck

  26. martin492013 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:29 PM

    Wow sounds pretty bad……

    Is Lis frank related to Anne Frank, because that would be sad.

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 21, 2013 3:32 PM

    bengalguy says:
    Old slow team
    ——————————————-
    very creative bengalguy. Maybe you could help your team create a playoff win, instead of spending your time and a winning team’s boards.

  28. stlrs105 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:32 PM

    He will miss 4-5 games a year being an every down back and being soft.

  29. mickmoney says: Aug 21, 2013 3:32 PM

    Packer nation thanks you for passing on Eddie Lacy

  30. pastabelly101 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:34 PM

    Steelershavesixtaintedringsandwillneversniffanother

  31. justintuckrule says: Aug 21, 2013 3:35 PM

    I know I’m gonna catch some h-e- double hockey sticks for this but here goes….

    Sign Brandon Jacobs. He’s big, has low miles on him and can protect Ben. Pitt will be passing plenty and it’s no secret that Ben is an injury waiting to happen. Why risk your franchise player on a RB who is practice squad fodder?

  32. Kaz says: Aug 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    Bell should have never been drafted in the 2nd round anyway. Let alone the 2nd rb taken. Nearly everyone knew that when his name was called, but since it was the Steelers it was called a great pick. Slow, plodding, with no burst. Health was suppose to be his calling card. Looks like that call went unanswered.

  33. samoanjungle says: Aug 21, 2013 3:37 PM

    cincy85 – as another Bengals fan I’d like to say it lacks class to celebrate your competitor’s injuries. You should hope both teams get to play at full strength and you win, not win because of injury.

  34. js11js11 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:38 PM

    Funny how they avoided Lacy because they thought he was an injury risk…

  35. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 21, 2013 3:40 PM

    they may as well blow this team up

    #THEYREDONE

  36. rockinrodie says: Aug 21, 2013 3:40 PM

    the o line will once again be terrible. 7 drafts and Colbert and tomlin haven’t put it together. and just like the TB bucs when they realized gruden had taken them as far as he could, the steelers will fire mike tomlin after another lackluster campaign.

  37. tory707 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:43 PM

    Omg now I have no chance at 7 rings!!!my life is ruined!!!

  38. shotgunformation5wide says: Aug 21, 2013 3:46 PM

    Maybe this will mean more time to work with the receivers. No huddle 5WR shotgunformation. Brown, Wheaton, Sanders, Cotchery, Dunn, Woods, Justin Brown, Moye!?!? C’mon! Can we get those guys some more work.

    Running is important when you’re 14pts in the first quarter … not necessarily when you’re down 14 pts. in the 4th.

  39. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 21, 2013 3:48 PM

    C’mon, man! I just drafted him last night! I also drafted Jamaal Charles and Pierre Garcon. Now I have to change my team name to Ow, My Foot Hurts.

  40. steelers4385 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:52 PM

    Im done believing in my team. I love em and wont ever stop but i think we shld get rid of everyone and start fresh. Ben is so annoying the way he holds that ball lookn for kill shot every play. Our oline is terrible…AGAIN. I mean come on. Whens the last time we had a good oline? Obviouslly someone is doing their job right. This is pathetic and we are most def the basement dwellers now. Cant do anything right.

  41. jwil007 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:52 PM

    No excuses on 9/16 when you all come to Cincy’s house… When you buckled Palmers Knee after the half all we heard was “no excuses” When Shayne Graham missed the fg in 06 that would have sent us to the playoffs..All we heard was ‘No excuses” So all Nati fans are saying is NO EXCUSES!!!

  42. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Aug 21, 2013 3:54 PM

    I wouldn’t want anything to do with that backfield in fantasy. They didn’t show anything last year when Mendenhall was out. If anything, I would say Big Ben’s value just went up…solid backup if you ask me.

  43. flaccodelic says: Aug 21, 2013 3:55 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 21, 2013 3:32 PM
    bengalguy says:
    Old slow team
    ——————————————-
    very creative bengalguy. Maybe you could help your team create a playoff win, instead of spending your time and a winning team’s boards.

    —-

    8-8 is not a winning team, FYI.

  44. rocketcrab says: Aug 21, 2013 3:55 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I have to say that this sucks. I gotta admit, I hate the Steelers, but respect them and you always want your best to beat their best. The Ravens lost Pitta, so I’m not reveling in this guy’s injury.

  45. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 21, 2013 3:56 PM

    newsflash: eddie lacy isnt that great either, preseason mvp lol

  46. realdealsteel says: Aug 21, 2013 4:02 PM

    There was a window in the off-season where we could have traded for Deangelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers. We should have did it.

  47. 4gone says: Aug 21, 2013 4:03 PM

    Call the Packers – they want to get rid of James Starks or Alex Green

  48. steelerben says: Aug 21, 2013 4:03 PM

    That’s a pretty tough pill to swallow. It’s hard to be a run first offense without a healthy running back.

    I still like Dwyer and think that he can be something special, if he ever learns how to hold onto the football. Think Tiki can come and teach him high and tight?

  49. jtbsteeler says: Aug 21, 2013 4:03 PM

    Pitta

  50. pl4tinum514 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:07 PM

    maybe if heinz field wasnt a disaster, all their players wouldnt be destroying their feet and knees all the time.

  51. petehemlock says: Aug 21, 2013 4:07 PM

    The Jets will have more wins this season than Pittsburgh.

  52. Patriot42 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:08 PM

    The Chiefs are trying to get over the mess left by Todd Haley coaching tenure in KC so it is is starting in Pittsburgh.

  53. facetooth says: Aug 21, 2013 4:09 PM

    Le’Veon Bell? More like “Le’Veon Belittled by a felted foot injury”.

  54. stevietimmy says: Aug 21, 2013 4:14 PM

    wearethechampsandyourenot says:
    Aug 21, 2013 3:40 PM
    they may as well blow this team up

    #THEYREDONE
    ——————————————

    What did they redo?

  55. Tyler says: Aug 21, 2013 4:15 PM

    This is looking like the 2008 draft all over again. The Steelers took Mendenhall, only to have Chris Johnson, Matt Forte, Ray Rice, and Jamaal Charles come off the board afterwards.

  56. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 21, 2013 4:19 PM

    He wasn’t going to start anyway. We have a stable.

    Pittsburgh wasn’t built in a day.

  57. thebastion21 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:27 PM

    Good thing Turner is still available.. I don’t see why they shouldn’t snag him up since it looks like they really need a RB.

  58. wildbillsrodeo says: Aug 21, 2013 4:32 PM

    Pats have a few options at RB (Blount, Bolden) they could trade Pittsburgh’s way

  59. dangle13x says: Aug 21, 2013 4:34 PM

    @realfootballfan Yea injury prone…. The guy carries the ball 30 times a game the past 2+ years. I’m sure you know all about physical aptitude huh, fatboy?

  60. carpi2 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:35 PM

    “Always interesting to me how you don’t ever seem to hear of certain types of injuries then BAM, it seems like everyone gets it. When Westbrook got a lisfranc injury back in ’05, no one knew where the hell it was even located. Now…”
    _____________________________________

    stevietimmy,

    The reason we are hearing about more lisfranc injuries most likely has to do with the medical community’s better understanding of the ankle joint complex and attention to the symptomology of such injuries.

    I bet, in past years, a lot of lisfranc injuries were misdiagnosed as lateral ankle sprains.

  61. jbaxt says: Aug 21, 2013 4:38 PM

    Todd Haley mess? You’re confused, you mean the currently unemployed Scott Pioli. Haley took KC to the playoffs, lost his QB as well has his pro bowl safety and RB. Then was blamed for not making Cassel into the all star Pioli thought he was. Haley is employed and has a promising job, Pioli is azz kissing the media circles hoping to find friends.

  62. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:38 PM

    6-10

  63. mmmpierogi says: Aug 21, 2013 4:56 PM

    js11js11 says:
    Aug 21, 2013 3:38 PM
    Funny how they avoided Lacy because they thought he was an injury risk…

    ***********************************************************************

    Eddie Lacy hasn’t even played a regular season game in the NFL, so I wouldn’t go acting like he was worth the risk or that the Packers are in the clear with this guy. Try again in 2015 or 2016 after these guys have been in the league for a couple of years.

  64. richeisennflnetwork says: Aug 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    Eddie Lacy was still the better pick, and the Steelers are going to regret not taking him.

  65. brownsfanincali says: Aug 21, 2013 5:03 PM

    Hang in there, young man, you’re a baller… best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    — Browns Fans

  66. lp0320 says: Aug 21, 2013 5:42 PM

    I was more impresssed w/Stephens-Howlings than I was with Bell. That said, Tomlin has to be feeling the heat because the team that Cowher drafted has now either retired or are so old, that they’ve become ineffective.

    The Offensive Line still doesn’t give Ben protection so he’s running for his life. When was the last time he was able to drop back in the pocket without staring at three defensive players in his face.

    Rebuilding year for sure, but with the recent drafting by Tomlin and Colbert, we’re looking at a downward spiral for a while.

  67. bohste says: Aug 21, 2013 6:22 PM

    I’m a Browns fan and I don’t think we’ve beaten the Steelers since the 1980′s! Am I supposed to feel sorry for them because their running back is hurt? Oh … and by the way … the Browns will beat them twice this season.

  68. I'm Judgemental says: Aug 21, 2013 6:39 PM

    Meanwhile a rb in Arizona is smiling.

  69. johnnyb1976 says: Aug 21, 2013 7:47 PM

    The steelers just keep getting better lol

  70. maldenmo says: Aug 21, 2013 8:01 PM

    Forget Eddy Lacy, we passed on Monte Ball…FBS career TD record holder and FBS career Rushing TD record holder.

  71. riverhorsey says: Aug 21, 2013 8:13 PM

    Next man up, they have some good backs.

  72. kev86 says: Aug 21, 2013 8:56 PM

    Steelers vs. Browns will be a real barn burner this year.

  73. lagg1 says: Aug 21, 2013 9:07 PM

    Tough injury again for Pittsburgh. I agree with some posts that either Cedric Benson or Brandon Jacobs could help. Problem is cap space if they have it They have to retain some space for the remainder of the season. Another problem is whether any back would block for Ben in passing downs, let alone catch the ball out of the backfield.

    Finally, people should be admonish for cheering when another team loses a player.

  74. Dynasty says: Aug 21, 2013 9:16 PM

    McFadden anyone? Another fragile big name stud that will alllllllways be hurt

  75. 1mommicked1 says: Aug 21, 2013 9:16 PM

    get a rb that can go. what happens to great race horses when they hurt their leg. they get put out to pasture

  76. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 21, 2013 9:23 PM

    bohste:
    You’re a “Browns fans” yet you have no idea when the last time was that the Browns beat the Steelers? You casuals are hilarious…

  77. slobmykolb says: Aug 21, 2013 10:33 PM

    As much as I love watching good football and always want the best players possible on the field I have to say this couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of arrogant, self-righteous, trash talking (even though steelers haven’t been relevant for a few years) fans! I’m not a browns fan or any AFC North team fan but I absolutely hate the Steelers and it is for one reason only……. Their lame fans!

    With the Bengals and Browns looking like youngteams headed in the right direction and the Ravens being tough year in and year out have fun being the AFC North doormat for the next 5-10 years losers! Mark my words Steelers are going to be the new Browns of that division and I can’t wait to see how many of the bandwagon fans abandon them!

  78. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 21, 2013 10:34 PM

    Here I thought “crownofthehelmet” was a Vikings fan.

    I used to have a respect for Steelers fans.

    This fan ruined it.

  79. clashpoint says: Aug 22, 2013 2:59 AM

    Bell was the better choice, at least on paper, which is where all draft picks are until they’ve played. Bell was durable in college and had by far the highest yards after contact numbers in college. He had more yards after contact than before contact and no one else had that in all of college ball last year. The Steelers drafted the more physical player, at least as far as college goes.

    Bell also had a horrible QB and passing attack last year – unlike Alabama’s. Bell had a below average O-line as well – unlike Alabama’s, which is littered with future pros every year. And what have the other recent past Alabama running backs done lately after they’ve been drafted?

    It’s easy to talk afterward, isn’t it?
    This is why y’all post here instead coach for your teams :p

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