Le’Veon Bell says he’s been playing through groin injury


Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell said the groin injury that knocked him out of last night’s AFC Championship Game had been bothering him for weeks.

Last night, it became more than he could bear.

I had no burst anymore,” Bell said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

Bell ran five times, left limping, and tried to come back for a sixth. He finished with 20 yards. He said the injury became worse on his second carry, and he could tell he wasn’t himself.

“I felt like I was holding the team back,” Bell said. “It’s real disappointing. We work so hard to get here. I felt like I had done a lot to help us get here. To not play and not go to battle with my teammates, it hurt.”

If Bell was hurting previously it was hard to tell, as he had 167 yards against the Dolphins and 170 against the Chiefs in the playoffs, on a combined 59 carries.

That followed a remarkable regular season in which he had 1,884 yards from scrimmage on 335 touches, despite missing three games with a suspension and sitting out Week 17.

16 responses to “Le’Veon Bell says he’s been playing through groin injury

  1. If it was an unreported injury, then all you that chastised the Seahawks for not reporting Sherman’s injury, should be as vocal with this one. Only fair, right?

  2. Typical Pittsburgh frontrunner…Bell compares himself to Steph Curry when it’s going good and then can’t answer the bell in the biggest game of his career. Yeah I remember that time Curry took himself out of a playoff series with a phantom injury just because it looked like the Warriors were going to get pounded. That wasn’t Miami or KC, so he tapped out early. Roethlisberger must have suggested to Bell that he claim he was injured after a post season failure.

  3. I don’t recall seeing this on any of the weekly injury reports. Wonder what sanctions the Steelers will receive for covering this injury up.

  4. Why wasn’t bell on the injury report? Maybe the steelers should be in line to lose a second round pick also. This just shows that every team has guys that play through nagging injuries that they don’t disclose.

  5. If you saw him play for the last SEVERAL weeks, he obviously wasn’t hurt to any degree that limited his playing ability. It’s possible all of the mileage finally took its toll.

    I wonder about the wisdom of using him as an every down back, versus spelling him from time to time with Williams.

  6. The guy is a great talent, but once again Tomlin has mismanaged the roster and overused his primary weapon to the point that he’s not available when you need him most.

    How many years in a row does this have to happen before someone in black and gold gets a clue?

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