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Le’Veon Bell continues to admit to hidden injury

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Eight years ago, the NFL didn’t really want to fine the Jets for hiding quarterback Brett Favre’s arm injury down the stretch of the 2008 campaign. As one source with knowledge of the dynamics explained it to PFT at the time, the NFL had to take action because Favre kept talking about it.

Fast forward to 2017, where Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell keeps talking about a groin injury that his team had concealed. It was Bell who let the cat out of the bag in the aftermath of the postseason loss to the Patriots. More than a week later, Bell provided more information about when the injury happened, and how it was affecting him in the New England game.

Most recently, Bell has elaborated on the situation during an appearance on ESPN.

“When I was out there, I wasn’t feeling well at all,” Bell said. “The fact I was out there [early in the game], their game plan was so different just because of the fact I was out there. If I go out there healthy and we go out there and do what we do . . . I think the outcome would have been different.”

In other words, Bell has made it crystal clear that: (1) he was injured; and (2) the injury was hidden by the team. It’s still safe to assume the NFL eventually will look the other way because: (1) it’s the Steelers; and (2) it’s not the Patriots.

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61 Responses to “Le’Veon Bell continues to admit to hidden injury”
  1. bluecat013 says: Mar 5, 2017 2:50 PM

    Agreed. It’s the Steelers so there will be nothing but crickets.

  2. realpatsfan says: Mar 5, 2017 2:52 PM

    Steelers not Patriots says it all.

  3. 1971cuda says: Mar 5, 2017 2:52 PM

    I know Lev prefers the nickname “juice”, but I’m going to start calling him Fire for the way he’s melting snowflakes.

  4. bringmemysoiledfool says: Mar 5, 2017 2:52 PM

    Thank you. So many squeelrs love to act like they don’t get special treatment. Isn’t this guy looking at his 3rd or 4th suspension (on his rookie deal no less) yet somehow it’s still only 4 games. Whereas if Justin Blackmon or Josh Gordon take a shot of mouthwash they get a year+ ban.

  5. dansardo says: Mar 5, 2017 2:53 PM

    The pats have ridden the steelers like their little pony since the mid 90’s. There isn’t a rule they can break that will ever change that lol!

  6. magnumpimustache says: Mar 5, 2017 2:56 PM

    If the Steelers were caught cheating the only logical answer is to Fine the Patriots and take away their 3rd round pick.

    Maybe this will stop them from winning another super bowl

  7. infectorman says: Mar 5, 2017 3:00 PM

    This will be met with similar policy to that which was levied upon one of the NFL “home teams”, the New York Giants, aka the New York injury Fakers, when they cheated last year by using walkie-talkies. The NFL will leverage the companion to the “Mara Rule”, also known in owner circles as the “Rooney Rule”.

    Like the Mara rule, the “Rooney Rule” yields an exceedingly low dose of “reprimand” while piling on top a heaping helping of double talk, mumbo-jumbo and political pretzel logic as to why the Steelers are not being punished commensurate with their cheating crime.
    In the end, it will not matter, excepting that the Stealers, played an RB in the most important game of the year who not nearly 100%.
    Stealers*, always have their players best interests at heart.
    Nice.

  8. jchipwood says: Mar 5, 2017 3:04 PM

    And here comes the whiney patriot fans……

  9. dispozblcopy says: Mar 5, 2017 3:11 PM

    I guess what Bell means is that his injury prevented him from covering Hogan.

  10. swhy19 says: Mar 5, 2017 3:13 PM

    Is there a team in sports that makes more excuses for losing?

  11. 4rings4brady says: Mar 5, 2017 3:17 PM

    ” It’s still safe to assume the NFL eventually will look the other way because: (1) it’s the Steelers; and (2) it’s not the Patriots.”

    Bravo Sir, I say Bravo!

    Florio Speaketh The truth!

    {insert cool applause meme here}

  12. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 5, 2017 3:17 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:04 PM
    And here comes the whiney patriot fans……

    ————————

    Actually the Patriots fans have gotta be loving this. It is the steelers and NFL brass that are the injured parties from these comments. Its harder for them to operate when this guy insists on blowing the whistle on his own self.

  13. dansardo says: Mar 5, 2017 3:18 PM

    @jcchipwood

    The pats keep winning SB’s and that’s all you have left. It’s been a really tough year for you hasnt it been chippy, lol!

  14. dispozblcopy says: Mar 5, 2017 3:21 PM

    And I mean, really people, how insane is it for people to whine at the Patriots about injuries to key players? Geezus.

    It’s like whining at them about lucky bounces and bad play calls losing championship games in utterly heartbreaking fashion. Geez, Patriots fans know nothing about any of those.

    Yet you never ever hear anyone in that organization complain about any of it, ever. Show me the record of any of the devastating losses to players or games where the Patriots whined about it.

  15. ibillwt says: Mar 5, 2017 3:22 PM

    For a guy who grew up a Steelers fan you are remarkably up front about all this Florio.

    Goodell’s selective enforcement policy is why he is regarded as a clown. The great thing is that Belichick and Brady just make him that much more impotent when they win anyway.

  16. maust1013 says: Mar 5, 2017 3:37 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:04 PM
    And here comes the whiney patriot fans…
    ==================

    As opposed to let’s say PFT’s version of a Pats fan’s remora. It’s kind of ironic that a fan of a team named after a marine mammal brings to mind a scavenger fish that is little more than a hanger on to the most ferocious of predators and depends on that master killer for it’s meals. Keep nibbling at the scraps chipster.

  17. charger383 says: Mar 5, 2017 3:38 PM

    because of Rooney Rule. Steelers can break other rules

  18. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 5, 2017 3:39 PM

    dispozblcopy says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:21 PM
    And I mean, really people, how insane is it for people to whine at the Patriots about injuries to key players? Geezus.

    It’s like whining at them about lucky bounces and bad play calls losing championship games in utterly heartbreaking fashion. Geez, Patriots fans know nothing about any of those.

    Yet you never ever hear anyone in that organization complain about any of it, ever. Show me the record of any of the devastating losses to players or games where the Patriots whined about it.

    —————————–

    They had no reason to whine about missing Gronk when they played the Steelers. Rather than get upset about key injuries Belichick just assumes they are part of the game and builds his teams to absorb them. His thinking is that there is no excuse for having excuses.

  19. 6ball says: Mar 5, 2017 3:42 PM

    .
    The Rooneys were part of the cabal who tried to frame Brady and the Patriots. He called Brady a cheater. Meanwhile the Steelers were involved in deflating balls in a game vs the Giants . And the Steelers have outright admitted to lying on the injury report. Plus, their coach either trips on field competitors, or makes up weak excuses for losing. Remember, the Patriots tampered with my headset. That’s why we lost.

    Bell will have his chance again next year as the Patriots are scheduled to play in Pittsburgh. What will be his lame excuse after that defeat?
    .

  20. patriottony says: Mar 5, 2017 3:42 PM

    The fact that NFL UNDER ROGER THE RAT edited the SB film and deleted 5 mins of Roger being booed, and presenting the Lombardi says it all!! The film released does not show him presenting the trophy

  21. whodey420 says: Mar 5, 2017 3:48 PM

    He’s not the brightest candle on the birthday cake. :/

  22. dietrich43 says: Mar 5, 2017 3:50 PM

    Have the Steelers been punished for prior infractions, such as recording the other team’s signs, been told to behave, and continued to ignore rules?

    Steelers got punished for a self reported cap violation with Will Wolford’s contract. Punished worse than the Broncos for their cap violations.

    Doesn’t make Goodell competent. And that’s the reality, everyone is wrong, you’re just trying to decide who is worse.

  23. jxt2521 says: Mar 5, 2017 3:52 PM

    As an AFC North fan I can confirm that the pats have absolutely nothing to do with the balatant favoritism the steelers get. Think about how their steriod curtain dynasty is revereled to this day even as more players are exposed as cheaters from that time.

    They get cheared for big hits by the media who are mostly childhood Steeler fans while the NFL fines the rest of the league for the same moves.

  24. jag1959 says: Mar 5, 2017 3:55 PM

    Steelers vs Colts in a fudge the injury report showdown and the winner is… Seattle.

  25. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Mar 5, 2017 3:57 PM

    whodey420 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:48 PM

    He’s not the brightest candle on the birthday cake.
    __________________________________

    He’s the spit. 🙂

  26. factpurveyor says: Mar 5, 2017 3:59 PM

    Bill Belichick is the only person that must spend more time thinking about the Patriots than chipwood.

    It must be that whole universe balance thing…where Bill Belichick using his undeniable intelligence and spending time doing productive things like earning superbowl rings….needs to be balanced out by someone else obsessively spending countless hours spewing nonsense and mindless drivel.

    The Patriots success depends on both of them. Having Brady behind center helps too….and that’s balanced out by Roger Goodell being the commissioner.

  27. imodan says: Mar 5, 2017 4:01 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:04 PM
    And here comes the whiney patriot fans……
    _________________________________________
    And here comes the Chipster, right on cue, whining and complaining incessantly about the object of his obsession. I’d like to know the medical term for needing to be so negatively reacted to that drives Chippy to rant continuously knowing full well he’s wrong and he will be called out for being wrong. Weird.

  28. 1971cuda says: Mar 5, 2017 4:02 PM

    Being a crybaby is a Boston thing for sure. No other fans in America act like this.

  29. imodan says: Mar 5, 2017 4:05 PM

    6ball says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:42 PM
    .
    The Rooneys were part of the cabal who tried to frame Brady and the Patriots. He called Brady a cheater. Meanwhile the Steelers were involved in deflating balls in a game vs the Giants . And the Steelers have outright admitted to lying on the injury report. Plus, their coach either trips on field competitors, or makes up weak excuses for losing. Remember, the Patriots tampered with my headset. That’s why we lost.

    Bell will have his chance again next year as the Patriots are scheduled to play in Pittsburgh. What will be his lame excuse after that defeat?
    ————————————————————-
    My guess is he’ll be suspended…….again.

  30. maust1013 says: Mar 5, 2017 4:11 PM

    dietrich43 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:50 PM
    Steelers got punished for a self reported cap violation with Will Wolford’s contract. Punished worse than the Broncos for their cap violations.
    ====================

    Now there’s an objective assessment.

    The Broncos were fined a total of $1.95M and lost 2 3rd round picks, one in 01 and one in ’04. (they were allowed to keep the 2 Lombardis though).

    The Steelers lost their 3rd round pick in the ’01 draft and were fined $150,000.

    Only a fanboy could call $150k and one 3rd round pick as punishment against his team worse than $1.95M and two 3rds to someone else’s team.

  31. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 5, 2017 4:15 PM

    1971cuda says:
    Mar 5, 2017 4:02 PM
    Being a crybaby is a Boston thing for sure. No other fans in America act like this.

    —————————

    Lol, thats hilarious you think Bell’s whining is from Boston. If you look up which team Bell plays for you will see why.

  32. markleyrules says: Mar 5, 2017 4:16 PM

    In all fairness to Bell he was stoned when he said this.

  33. sunyilo12 says: Mar 5, 2017 4:17 PM

    That’s great Le’Veon, welcome to the Fellowship of the Miserable: RBs who could never show it in the playoffs, like LaDainian and Marshall Faulk – they are still yapping about excuses why they couldn’t. The good news is you still can get into the HOF even if you have been no-show in the biggest games of your life.

  34. factpurveyor says: Mar 5, 2017 4:35 PM

    If Roger Goodell can suspend a player for 4 games and take a 1st & a 4th round draft pick….all because cold weather & rain dropped the PSI in footballs….what should the penalty be for actual admitted cheating?

  35. mikespillane337 says: Mar 5, 2017 4:37 PM

    Just because I drink out of replica superbowl trophies does not make me whiny…It makes me feel good…probably better than drinking out of your participation trophies you got in your badminton league.

  36. wib22 says: Mar 5, 2017 4:43 PM

    Take away their 2nd rounder for being generally awar—– oh wait it isn’t the patriots.

  37. bostonceltics says: Mar 5, 2017 4:48 PM

    In 14 AFC championship games and 7 Super Bowl there have been only two times where a “sour grapes ”
    comment has been publicly aired .The Welker/Talib
    pick play and Brady’s wife quip about her husband not being able to both catch and throw .
    There has never been a quote coming from Foxboro about liquored up kickers or O lines not doing their job.Even in the biggest losses you always hear – they were better than us and next time we will compete for 60 minutes.
    Never heard it was the refs ,the headsets, the field,the weather,the crowd ,the footballs ,the formations and they always cheat .

  38. factpurveyor says: Mar 5, 2017 5:00 PM

    The NFL won’t announce the Steelers punishment any time soon. The NFL is far too busy typing the press release containing the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season.

  39. csb28 says: Mar 5, 2017 5:16 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:04 PM
    And here comes the whiney patriot fans……

    17 62

    —–

    And here comes jchipwood. What a surprise.

  40. jchipwood says: Mar 5, 2017 5:17 PM

    Chipster’s very basic guide of football for patriot fans in easy steps:

    1. Write down the definition of cheating on a piece of paper then repeat 100 reps.

    2. Learn easy football rules such as holding, intentional grounding, etc.

    3. Learn the positions and be able to identify the difference between offense and defense.

    4. Be able to identify the next train from Tampa to Miami (for 6ball)

  41. factpurveyor says: Mar 5, 2017 5:31 PM

    Chipster’s very basic guide to posting on PFT in easy steps:

    1. Find articles mentioning the Patriots or any current or former player or coach.

    2. Type nonsense.

    3. Click on the “Submit” button.

    4. Log on with different user name.

    5. (Go back to step 2.)

  42. dansardo says: Mar 5, 2017 5:43 PM

    @chipster

    The only thing that matters is the pats won another SB this year and one of the things that make it so enjoyable is how much misery it has brought trolls like you.

    This has got to be the BEST time ever!

  43. 1971cuda says: Mar 5, 2017 6:04 PM

    Lol, thats hilarious you think Bell’s whining is from Boston. If you look up which team Bell plays for you will see why.
    ______
    I’m not referring to Bell. I’m referring to a pattern of behavior by Boston fans that has been observed by everyone else. Boston fans are crybabies, they probably learned it because they had terrible parents that threw money at their kids every time they cried instead of teaching anything useful. It’s not my fault you all act softer than a Twinkie filling. You have lived sheltered lives, your parents are failures.

  44. lewsblues says: Mar 5, 2017 6:27 PM

    “1971cuda says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:04 PM
    Lol, thats hilarious you think Bell’s whining is from Boston. If you look up which team Bell plays for you will see why.
    _____
    I’m not referring to Bell. I’m referring to a pattern of behavior by Boston fans that has been observed by everyone else. Boston fans are crybabies, they probably learned it because they had terrible parents that….”

    were Red Sox and Bill Buckner fans ….

  45. nhpats says: Mar 5, 2017 6:29 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:17 PM
    Chipster’s very basic guide of football for patriot fans in easy steps:

    1. Write down the definition of cheating on a piece of paper then repeat 100 reps.

    ————

    Ok Chip…..here are some great examples of cheating:

    1) negotiating and accepting a job as head coach for a team while under contract for another team. See Don Shula for an example.

    2) Flooding one’s own field with water before a game against a faster team in attempt to slow down said team. See Don Shula for an example.

    Yes Chip….Don Shula was the king of cheating in the NFL….and yet his franchise has not been relevant since 1973

  46. 6ball says: Mar 5, 2017 7:14 PM

    .
    @1971 Cuda

    ” I’m not referring to Bell. I’m referring to a pattern of behavior by Boston fans that has been observed by everyone else. Boston fans are crybabies, they probably learned it because they had terrible parents that threw money at their kids every time they cried instead of teaching anything useful. It’s not my fault you all act softer than a Twinkie filling. You have lived sheltered lives, your parents are failures. ”

    _________

    Either you’re legally insane or you are experiencing early onset alzheimers.
    .

  47. pastabelly says: Mar 5, 2017 7:18 PM

    Take away a first round pick. Suspend the quarterback for 25% of the season. Ha!!!! It makes it that much sweeter and that’s exactly what Kraft said. It’s true. I really don’t want the NFL to punish the Steelers or Giants. Don’t give them any excuses. Wait, they get blown out and still have excuses.

  48. qbarrel says: Mar 5, 2017 7:40 PM

    “In other words, Bell has made it crystal clear that: (1) he was injured; and (2) the injury was hidden by the team. It’s still safe to assume the NFL eventually will look the other way because: (1) it’s the Steelers; and (2) it’s not the Patriots.”

    Thank you. It’s about time someone in the media stated the obvious. When it continually comes only from us fans, it is dismissed as whining.

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 5, 2017 7:42 PM

    “Never heard it was the refs ,the headsets, the field,the weather,the crowd ,the footballs ,the formations and they always cheat .”

    Never blamed a Super Bowl loss on the halftime show either.

    And the sad little people who never got past the 8 year old schoolyard bullies period of your mental development. Not sure why you think a normal, adult person would be offended by calling them childish names as you do. All you do is show that you’re not able to sit at the adult table.

  50. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 5, 2017 9:28 PM

    his team has played 7 post season games with him on the team, but he has appeared in 2.5 games.

    oh what a career it could have been.

  51. LyinRogerMustGo says: Mar 5, 2017 9:46 PM

    36-17 🙂

    #UCheatedAndUStillGotWhooped
    #TeeHeeThatsSoFunny

  52. LyinRogerMustGo says: Mar 5, 2017 9:48 PM

    I loved his comment that the Steelers would have beaten the Patriots if he was healthy.

    I like this “if” better and this one is actually true: if Bell wasn’t such a wussy he would have been man enough to tough out the injury and play the whole game.

    🙂

  53. LyinRogerMustGo says: Mar 5, 2017 9:50 PM

    I wonder if the Steelers will finally figure out they need Dr Rydze to be any good.

    🙂

  54. soverytiredoflies says: Mar 5, 2017 11:36 PM

    Eh let it go. The Steelers need all the help they can get. In the meantime the Pats will continue to crush their whiny little behinds every time they meet. I think next time Bill should find an undrafted college curling player to make that sad excuse for a football team look silly.

  55. psljax says: Mar 6, 2017 6:19 AM

    If I was a patriots fan I am not mad…they won the game. If I was any other team. I would be mad since the margin to victory is much closer. The steelers can hang with the Patriots however defense is the reason they continue to lose. Not Bell.

  56. themikegun says: Mar 6, 2017 7:33 AM

    Y’all spelled “Stealers” wrong. ******

  57. orrnumberfour says: Mar 6, 2017 10:08 AM

    Hey Jerome Bettis, you fraud, I’d love to hear your take on the Steelers’ “Culture of Cheating.”

    #Tomlintripgate
    #deflategateII
    #hideinjurygate

  58. steelcurtainn says: Mar 6, 2017 1:17 PM

    The Patsies won’t beat the Steelers at heinz field next season. Not with Big Ben, AB and Bell all healthy. They had home field in the playoffs and was favored to win. As one poster said. The Steelers secondary/defense continues to be a problem. Whenever that’s fixed they have a better shot at winning on the road.

  59. lexd75 says: Mar 6, 2017 1:21 PM

    swhy19 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:13 PM
    Is there a team in sports that makes more excuses for losing?

    —-
    Yes, the Ravens! Must be a division thing.

  60. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Mar 7, 2017 9:14 AM

    After hoodwinking the Steelers into paying him an exorbitant amount of undeserved money, Bell is now laughing all the way to suspensionland again. This guy is nothing but trouble. The fact that he hasn’t survived a single post season would be reason enough for moving on but the Steelers FO has the IQ of a snail and loves to throw away all its money on junk. Just wait. Bell will spend 2017 either in rehab or on marijuana island, stoned out of his mind as usual.

  61. bubbahotepp says: Mar 8, 2017 4:47 PM

    What a bunch of whiners on this thread. I guess any team that has 6 trophies is gonna bring out the lowballers. Lol!

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