Though he seemed in many ways like a perfect fit for Pittsburgh, the Steelers passed on running back Eddie Lacy, opting instead to pick Le’Veon Bell in the second round of the 2013 draft.
So why didn’t they want Lacy?
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers were scared off not by Lacy’s hamstring injury but by an injury to his big toe that resulted in fusion surgery.
Though the injury previously had been described as “turf toe,” there had been no reports or discussion that the toe had been fused.
Regarded as the top running back in the draft, Lacy was the fourth one taken, by the Packers as the 29th pick in round two.