Mike Tomlin sounds positive note on Le’Veon Bell’s recovery

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Thursday that rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is showing positive signs in his recovery from a mid-foot sprain suffered in Monday’s loss at Washington.

Tomlin told reporters that Bell is able to do some physical activity “without discomfort.” Moreover, Tomlin indicated that Bell will not need surgery for the injury.

Tomlin ruled out Bell for Saturday’s preseason game vs. Kansas City and did not offer a timetable for Bell’s return. Also, when asked about the idea of Bell being out six-to-eight weeks, he indicated that a recovery period of that specific length had not been mentioned to him.

With Bell out, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are the Steelers’ top two backs. Redman is currently dealing with a stinger.

30 responses to “Mike Tomlin sounds positive note on Le’Veon Bell’s recovery

  1. Hopefully, the Steelers have lots of plays that involve “some physical activity without discomfort.”

  2. As I mentioned in some of the other Bell threads, maybe getting this kid some downtime will be a good thing with that workload he pulled in college. He has this foot injury and that torqued knee going on and trying to push him back in early will aggravate/make the situation even worse.

    Might be one of those cases where you use this as a “development year” where he sits out and then goes full bore next year as fully healthy.

  3. Joemontanaflacco says:
    Aug 22, 2013 1:14 PM
    Hopefully, the Steelers have lots of plays that involve “some physical activity without discomfort.”

    What do you know about physical activity? I imagine no person, male or female, would ever want to be physical with a fairweather Ravens fan that started liking the team last post season, like yourself.

  4. Joemontanaflacco says:
    Aug 22, 2013 1:14 PM
    Hopefully, the Steelers have lots of plays that involve “some physical activity without discomfort.”

    What do you know about physical activity? I imagine no person, male or female, would ever want to be physical with a fairweather Ravens fan that started liking the team last post season, like yourself.

    Nofool?

  5. Tomlin is sandbagging, he’s just hiding Bell and the offense. Any poker player can see that he’s just not showing his hand.

  6. Pretty amazing how Bell’s condition miraculously improved the moment the Ravens burned the Steelers by scooping up Delone Carter.

  7. I smell B.S. Still not sure why coaches lie about stuff like this. Like teams were game planning on how to stop a rookie 2nd round running back running behind a very mediocre line.

  8. He was able to do some physical activity without discomfort. That could mean he was able to swim, do bicep curls or hop on one foot. It does not mean that he was able to run or cut.

    Six to eight weeks has been thrown around, three to six weeks has been thrown around, Lisfranc, foot sprain… There is a lot of information but not a lot of substantiation. What it boils down to is that Bell will be out at least this weeks game and certainly next, because you only play in game four of the preseason if you are fighting for a roster spot. I have doubts that he’s ready to go week one. I’m imagining that we see him no earlier than week three if we are going to see him at all this season.

  9. flaccogroupie: If your boys need Delone Carter for any reason, I’d be more concerned than excited about your RB corps. Every player your team picks up doesn’t mean they stole them from the Steelers or something either. But if that’s what you like to think, go for it. So long as we’re dominating the Ravens in reality, your fantasy world means nothing to anyone.

  10. With Ben having freedom to call audibles, aren’t we just going to pass every down anyway? No doubt we’ll at least target Jimmy Smith every time.

  11. Also, it’s the pass protection that has been so horrendous this preseason. This group hasn’t been able to passblock with any confidence yet. On the other hand, the run blocking has been much improved. The zone blocking has seemed to be pretty effective. Dwyer and LSH both showed how well the run blocking is developing.
    Granted, both protections need to be good enough for either to matter.

  12. Le’veon Bell is young. His foot injury will be healed no in time. The key is not to rush back so he can be 100 percent healthy. This guys gonna be a baller when the line comes together.

  13. steelcurtainn, since cowher left, we’ve been waiting for the “line to come together” but it never happens. can’t keep putting garbage out there and expect different results. since it all begins and ends up front, look for this obviously declining team to win no more than 6 games. hopefully, this will be the last year we have to listen to fluff masters press conferences. 6-10 would certainly get him fired. hate to wish for it, but they can’t advance with the current regime in place. gone as far as they can go with him.

  14. Hopefully this kid gets healthy and can return to the field soon. At least for the MNF game against the Bengals on Sept. 16th. I want BOTH teams to be healthy and at 100 %!! No excuses that way!!

    The Steelers might have to put 3 guys on Harrison though. You KNOW he’s gonna be fired up for that game!!

  15. @rockinrodie
    I hear ya, man!! We all been waiting way to long for the offensive line to come together. With a healthy line and DeCastro back in the mix, maybe this is the year. Have a little faith!

  16. @black43gold. Bengals have the same issue. Did last year too. Pass protection is terrible. Dalton has some wheels but not the build that Ben does to shrug off defenders. He hangs onto the ball too long as well. Hopefully that’ll improve some this year. I won’t say it’s a make or break year for Dalton but he needs to make a pretty significant jump for sure.
    If Sanu can stay healthy this year along with Eifert and Gio Bernard, that’ll give him a couple more options in the passing game. He’s pretty much just had A.J. Green and maybe, MAYBE, Gresham to throw too his first 2 years.

    Should be an interesting season. AFC North might be the toughest division in football. NFC East will be a dog fight too! (No pun intended Eagles fans).

  17. rockinrodie says:
    Aug 22, 2013 5:03 PM
    6-10 would certainly get him fired. hate to wish for it, but they can’t advance with the current regime in place. gone as far as they can go with him.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    They’ve gone as far as they can go with him? You mean 63-33 and to three Super Bowls, winning two?

    I get the frustration with the team not looking that great in preseason after missing the playoffs last year, but it is hardly time to hit the panic button on the coach.

    The offensive line is changing over from the power blocking scheme that they are used to into the zone blocking scheme. With the zone blocking, you need time in the system together in order to work out your communications and how you pass assignments. It was obvious that they were still fresh in the scheme during the Skins game, with the nose tackle coming free so often. Let’s give it a few games here before we make a final judgement and blow everything up. If you want to have a new head coach, new systems on offense and defense, and all new players every three seasons, might as well become a Browns fan.

  18. “This guys gonna be a baller when the line comes together”

    SOOOOO, when’s that line going to “come together”? You think, possibly by 2015?!?!? I’d say 2016!!
    Stealers are gonna be HORRIBLE this year!!

  19. Stealers are gonna be HORRIBLE this year!!

    Might be this year, we don’t have a crystal ball in front of us.
    Big Ben and the steelers have never been horrible in his 10 years of playing. You people post the same thing every year. Yawn.

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