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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.

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30 Responses to “Mike Tomlin sounds positive note on Le’Veon Bell’s recovery”
  1. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 22, 2013 1:14 PM

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

  2. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 22, 2013 1:47 PM

    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. oldirtyman says: Aug 22, 2013 1:47 PM

    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. sandblastermoron says: Aug 22, 2013 1:48 PM

    Well at least this will be his last year coaching!

  5. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 22, 2013 1:52 PM

    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?

  6. mn1288 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:05 PM

    …And they passed on lacy for injury concerns. The NFL can be a cruel game.

  7. bengalguy says: Aug 22, 2013 2:07 PM

    Old slow team

  8. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    World best franchise. You just wish your team was run like this.

  9. thepitts says: Aug 22, 2013 2:33 PM

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

  10. thepitts says: Aug 22, 2013 2:36 PM

    Oh, and Bengalguy, I don’t talk trash on Cincy threads…showing real class BEN-gal-guy !

  11. russellwilsonatemyhomework says: Aug 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    This team is seriously on the decline. How to stop the bleeding?

  12. si1m says: Aug 22, 2013 2:43 PM

    The good news is, PIT’s longest run of the season will again be a 32 yard bumbling by the backup QB. Like last year.

  13. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 22, 2013 2:47 PM

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

  14. brunnecr says: Aug 22, 2013 2:58 PM

    Ah yes, Delone Carter is just the piece that was missing.

  15. 3yardsndust says: Aug 22, 2013 2:58 PM

    Tomlin knew the kid was injured and sent him out in a meaningless preseason game. Stupid.

  16. almighty1 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:11 PM

    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.

  17. steelerben says: Aug 22, 2013 3:25 PM

    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.

  18. black43gold says: Aug 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    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.

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 22, 2013 3:35 PM

    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.

  20. black43gold says: Aug 22, 2013 3:37 PM

    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.

  21. steelcurtainn says: Aug 22, 2013 3:47 PM

    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.

  22. citizenstrange says: Aug 22, 2013 3:50 PM

    Tomlin told reporters that Bell is able to do some physical activity “without discomfort.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You just got STRAIGHT FIRED!!!

  23. scoobies05 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:54 PM

    hope you are right crown. with the way ben throws pick 6s he will target jimmy and hit huff

  24. rockinrodie says: Aug 22, 2013 5:03 PM

    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.

  25. whodey420 says: Aug 22, 2013 6:21 PM

    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!!

  26. steelcurtainn says: Aug 22, 2013 7:06 PM

    @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!

  27. whodey420 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:02 PM

    @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).

  28. steelerben says: Aug 23, 2013 8:26 AM

    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.

  29. tombradyswig says: Aug 23, 2013 9:36 AM

    “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!!

  30. steelcurtainn says: Aug 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    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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