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Colbert: No timetable for Le’Veon Bell return

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The Steelers won’t rush running back Le’Veon Bell back from his knee injury, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday, even if that means Bell misses the start of the 2016 season.

Bell suffered a torn MCL and torn PCL last Nov. 1. He had surgery and was shut down for the season.

There is no timetable coming from us when he needs to be ready,” Colbert said. “You can’t say he will even be ready for the regular season because we won’t know that until he goes through the whole process. His health and his ability to return 100 percent is the most important [thing].”

In the big picture, the team is probably fine with Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman getting extra reps and experience in the preseason. The Steelers got solid contributions from veteran DeAngelo Williams last season both when Bell was suspended and after his injury, but Williams was injured in the regular season finale. The Steelers could also add a young running back via this year’s draft.

Bell, 24, will be entering the final year of his rookie contract. Colbert echoed what he said last month when a potential extension was brought up, saying the team won’t change its policy of addressing contract issues later in the calendar year.

Bell recorded over 2,000 total yards in 2014 and had almost 700 total yards in six games last season.

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11 Responses to “Colbert: No timetable for Le’Veon Bell return”
  1. steelerben says: Feb 24, 2016 3:52 PM

    If I have to choose, I’d rather have him at the end of the season instead of the beginning.

  2. patsbrat says: Feb 24, 2016 4:08 PM

    The way Bell’s leg bent when he was injured was bad. Painful just to watch…

  3. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 24, 2016 4:22 PM

    Normally you read that “progress is ahead of schedule” or something to that effect. I hope this is not ominous news.

  4. broncoscheatedthesalarycapisadouche says: Feb 24, 2016 4:23 PM

    Broncos fan here:

    With a healthy Bell and Brown…. Steelers are going to be dangerous. I honestly don’t know if the Broncos make it through the Steelers healthy…. Even if it was at mile high.

    They absolutely deserve to be mentioned as a SB contender.

  5. clashpoint says: Feb 24, 2016 4:27 PM

    Take your time Mr. Bell. When healthy I’ll take you over any other back in the league, each and every one of your trolls be damned. Running, catching, blocking and locker room, he’s the complete and real deal.

    Go Steelers!

  6. pskotte says: Feb 24, 2016 6:55 PM

    I bet he won’t return until AFTER the Bengals game.

  7. triggerdawg says: Feb 24, 2016 7:25 PM

    Won’t need bell to beat the bengals,the bengals are the best at beating themselves.

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 25, 2016 12:21 PM

    Rest him until the playoffs.

  9. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 25, 2016 1:01 PM

    No timetable=done for the season.

  10. littlescuppernong says: Feb 29, 2016 10:07 AM

    Overall better player than anyone on Bengals or Ravens. Nothing to dispute really.

  11. fortwaynesteelrz86 says: Mar 1, 2016 10:52 AM

    Injuries are becoming an issue for this guy. I love the Steelers but feel folks have ordained Bell as some incredible player way ahead of him actually doing anything. Two years in a row when we have needed him, he’s been out…i know injuries happen, but i dont like this pattern….

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