The Steelers were optimistic after Sunday’s loss to the Bengals that the ACL of running back Le’Veon Bell’s knee was intact and that the ugly knee injury damaged only his MCL.
That optimism apparently was accurate, as to the ACL. However, the MCL damage reportedly is more significant than initially believed.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Bell has a “badly torn” MCL, along with other damage.
Bell is expected to miss the rest of the season.
The MCL, a rope-like ligament, ordinarily can heal itself with rest. However, a complete tear of the ligament requires surgery. There’s still no indication that Bell has torn his ACL.