Mike Tomlin: Le’Veon Bell injury “wasn’t significant” prior to Sunday flare-up

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Tuesday that the groin injury that knocked star running back Le’Veon Bell out of the AFC Championship went from something minor to something that left one of the NFL’s best players unable to continue.

“[Bell] was doing a great job of managing it,” Tomlin said. “It didn’t cause him to miss any practice time, let alone game time. It was something to manage. When you look at the journey that is the season, I think just about every guy down there is dealing with and managing something in an effort to stay on the grass.”

Bell said when he had a flare-up Sunday he had “no burst” and though he wanted to stay in the game, he felt he would be holding the team back if he did. He finished with 20 yards on five carries after setting franchise playoff rushing records in the team’s first two postseason games.

The NFL might have some questions for the Steelers because Bell said he’d been playing through an issue but was not showing up on the team’s official injury reports. Tomlin insisted that it had not been something the Steelers worried about until Sunday.

I was aware of it,” Tomlin said. “It wasn’t significant to the point where it affected planning or the anticipation of planning in any way. It’s unfortunate that it became an issue in game.”

55 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Le’Veon Bell injury “wasn’t significant” prior to Sunday flare-up

  1. With all of the talent he has, what value does Bell bring to any team if he can not play due to suspensions, injuries or being SOFT?

  2. If the opposition thinks it going to get a healthy/steady does of Bell, then they gameplan their D a certain way.
    NE had no expectation of an even slightly less than 100% Leveon Bell.

    Therein lies the fraud.

    Why DID Bell miss practices recently? They state it’s not injury related, but how would any opposing team know if they’re telling the truth? Answer is,they wouldn’t know.

    NE likely didn’t prepare for Williams to play much, if at all. Not that it mattered, but in many other scenarios with different tailbacks on different teams, it could easily catch an opposing defense off-guard and force them to scramble to adjust with their defensive personnel and schemes.

    Ahh, but it’s happened against New England, so Fraudger won’t give a hoot.
    Pretty sketchy, the whole thing

  3. In their effort to downplay it they just admitted there was an injury they knew about. That should have been on the report.

    But who cares really? If the league needs to make a small point throw in a small fine. A draft pick would be overkill.

    And also whatever they do to Pittsburgh and Seatyle should be exactly the same.

    IMHO what they do to Pittsburgh and Seattle should be exactly the same as what they did to Indy for not disvlosing Andrew Luck’s ribs. (Nothing)

  4. It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t serious it still needs to be reported. Should be a fine to Tomlin and one to tbe team

  5. happens all the time.

    at least he didn’t pretend he didn’t understand the rule like Pete Carroll.

  6. Steelers already skated on using underinflated footballs earlier, which cost another team a first round pick and a suspension. (Per NFL head scientists, Rodger Goodell: only tampering can cause footballs to lose air pressure)

    Not putting an injured player on the injury report cost a different team a second round pick.

    Steelers should lose a First AND a Second for infractions this season alone

  7. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:41 PM
    It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t serious it still needs to be reported. Should be a fine to Tomlin and one to tbe team
    ——————————————-
    He ran 30 times last weekend for >5ypc in sub-par conditions – it couldn’t have been too bad.
    If he wasn’t skipping practices to nurse the injury, then it doesn’t rise to the level of injury report fraud.

    At the end of the season, every locker room looks like a hospital ward with muscle strains, swollen joints, bruises, cuts & soreness. If the team doesn’t need to react to the injury beyond applying heat wraps & pain-relievers, then we don’t need to hear about it. Otherwise genuinely serious injuries will get lost in the noise.

  8. League came down heavy on Belichick many years ago for a player’s small finger cut (caused when he dealt with a car wiper blade). It had no impact on the player’s ability at all, but the league wanted to set an example… That is why Belichick lists EVERYTHING – and yet the crybabies still claim he’s being dishonest.

    I don’t like injury report requirements but rules is rules and Bell’s injury was clearly an issue, Tomlin was clearly deliberately breaking the rule. Heavy fine, and given his tripping and his breaking integrity rules when he falsely accused the Pats of cheating his phones and cheating in a (completely legal) goal-line shift, it’s about time they threw the book at Tomlin.

  9. I could care less about the injury reports. They’re just for gamblers and fantasy nerds living in mom’s basement. The NFL is getting soft af. Just play football.

  10. i don’t care about the injury report

    all i know is whatever Goodell decides will be random, inconsistent with the rules, and opposite to at least one prior ruling – thats just how the keystone cops roll

  11. Quit yer Bell-y-aching!

    Since 2015, Goodell has been “looking into” the Colts admitting they hid Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidneys from their injury report.

    Any penalties for the Seahawks lying about Sherman’s injury?

    This blatant favoritism shown towards some teams by Goodell is why fans are turning away from the NFL in droves.

    Fire Goodell and bring integrity back to the NFL!

    Minus the whole “repeated concussions aren’t dangerous” malarkey.

  12. Will Bell catch as much crap as LT did when he sat out of a AAFCG with a knee injury after 3 carries?

    Coincidentally also a game played @ NE…

  13. Will Bell catch as much crap as LT did when he sat out of a AFCCG with a knee injury after 3 carries?

    Coincidentally also a game played @ NE…

    *edited*

  14. LOL – Nice choice of words from (on Bell) “managing something in an effort to stay on the grass”

  15. If you are going to punish the Steelers because the Giants found an underinflated ball, then you have to punish the Giants for illegally testing 2 balls. Besides, I do not recall any video footage of a Steelers employee carrying ththe balls into the bathroom or text message to someone called the deflator like another case we heard about. And Bell ran for 340 yards in 2 games, no injury to report.

  16. wait a minute, last week’s injury reports leading up to AFCCG:

    WEDNESDAY:
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-5)
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE
    RB Le’Veon Bell – Not Injury Related
    K Chris Boswell – Illness
    S Sean Davis – Shoulder
    C B.J. Finney – Illness
    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey – Illness
    QB Zach Mettenberger – Illness
    QB Ben Roethlisberger – Not Injury Related
    LB Vince Williams – Shoulder

    THURSDARY:
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-5)
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE
    RB Le’Veon Bell – Not Injury Related
    TE Ladarius Green – Concussion, Illness
    LB James Harrison – Shoulder, Tricep

    So, your telling me that they were just holding him out of practice last week for two days leading up to the AFCCG and it had NOTHING to do with this groin injury??? And then, two plays into the game he can barely walk on a play that he was barely contacted???

    ummmmmmmmmmmm…………… ok……

    Seattle will stand to benefit from their recent blatant violation of this injury reporting rule because now they can’t be made an example of while one week later the beloved Steelers so blatantly violated the same rule… We all know how Roon is in Rog’s inner sanctum…

    Final Result to all this:
    Roger might be forced to downgrade the Steelers 2018 5th round draft pick to the bottom of that round, but NO more than 12 picks lower from where they would have picked… that’ll teach em!!!!!!

    and yes, we all know what would have happened if this was done by some other particular team in the Northeast… It would be CNN breaking news, ABC World News Tonight headlines, Mort Reports of 11 of 12 Patriots players injured and not reported, retired crying average QBs saying they lost all respect, Oliver Stone theorizes Brady is really 72 years old and was on the grassy knoll, etc….

  17. infectorman says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:40 PM

    If the opposition thinks it going to get a healthy/steady does of Bell, then they gameplan their D a certain way.
    NE had no expectation of an even slightly less than 100% Leveon Bell.

    Therein lies the fraud.
    ———————–

    Fraud? If teams are making game plans based upon the injury report, then they deserve what they get.

    I would imagine that Belichick prepares as if everyone is healthy, unless it is an obvious injury.

  18. enoughofthatalready says:
    Jan 24, 2017 7:28 PM
    If you are going to punish the Steelers because the Giants found an underinflated ball, then you have to punish the Giants for illegally testing 2 balls. Besides, I do not recall any video footage of a Steelers employee carrying ththe balls into the bathroom or text message to someone called the deflator like another case we heard about. And Bell ran for 340 yards in 2 games, no injury to report.

    ==============================

    maybe that’s because the NFL didn’t conduct a $5M+ bogus Wells Investigation on the NFL’s beloved Steelers that had a predetermined outcome, with many inferior NFL owners, GM’s, etc. breathing down Goodell’s neck to harshly punish them as harshly as he can. Once the firestorm started against the Pats, they had no chance to fight it against all their jealous colleagues – the bogus evidence mounted and spread too quickly and it was too convenient and tempting for them not to take the bait run with it…

    To me, this is all about “Life 101″… Nobody likes to lose, and when they do lose (especially repeatedly to the same foe…), they look for reasons (excuses) to lift themselves up and tear down that foe… I admit to doing that when playing sports in my younger years, and i experience this commonly in my unrelated professional business to this day… It’s natural human instinct behavior… Simple stuff: We lost because they cheated!!! billionaire owners, millionaire GMs, and overpaid NFL execs are not above that mentality….

    Oh yeah, quick Science reminder:
    70 degrees and dry = 12.5 lbs psi
    45 degress and wet = 11.2 lbs psi

    voila!!!!

  19. thecape15 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:55 PM
    Infectorman-New England prepares for everyone.

    Including back ups to the back ups to the back ups.
    __________________________________

    That goes w/o saying…..I didn’t write that NE didn’t prepare for Williams

  20. All this talk about the injury report obscures the most important issue: the Stellers over-used Bell in the games leading up to the AFCCG.

    The groin pull or some other injury was bound to happen.

    Steeler fans say that Bell’s injury was bad luck. It wasn’t. It was bad coaching.

  21. I for one am glad I don’t have to report all my groin pulls.
    ————–
    As long as you’re pulling your own.

  22. @mmack66

    Fraud. Deception. Lie. Put whatever word you like in there.

    This isn’t really hard to understand.

    Bell ran for 170 yards on 30 carries the prior week. Guess how many carries DWill had the prior week?
    ZERO.

    The very simple point is this; Pittsburgh was planning on running Bell another 30+ carries because A. he is their best offensive player and B. it keeps Brady off of the field.

    If he had a lingering injury that put him at less 100%, NE has a right to know. It really is as simple as that.
    That goes for any team in any game. That is the spirit of THE RULE.

    I know NE prepares for everything and anything. Any one posting on this site knows that. It’s not exactly breaking news.
    Don’t read into what isn’t written

  23. Players missing from the injury report. Players ignoring the coach and streaming private team meetings on facebook live…. that’s a tight ship Tomlin runs there in Pittsburgh!

  24. WEDNESDAY:
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-5)
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE
    RB Le’Veon Bell – Not Injury Related
    K Chris Boswell – Illness
    S Sean Davis – Shoulder
    C B.J. Finney – Illness
    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey – Illness
    QB Zach Mettenberger – Illness
    QB Ben Roethlisberger – Not Injury Related
    LB Vince Williams – Shoulder

    THURSDARY:
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-5)
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE
    RB Le’Veon Bell – Not Injury Related
    TE Ladarius Green – Concussion, Illness
    LB James Harrison – Shoulder, Tricep
    _________________

    If this is accurate and Bell sat out practice last week under the Non Injury Related category while he was dealing with a groin injury, this changes everything for the gamblers. I’m sure there are many who would have stayed away from the game had they known he was iffy at best .

    Gamblers who bet on Pittsburgh have every right to be pissed. Regardless of the final score, the injury report is there to inform the gamblers and keep Vegas happy.

  25. Stealers******.
    Loss of 1st and 4th round draft picks, $1Million dollar fine. 4 game suspension for Bell because it’s more probable than not he was at least generally aware he was injured. It’s about integrity of the game.

    OR….just another Pittsburgh excuse?

  26. I believe Tomlinson’s explanation on this. Why???….Because he’s too stupid to come up with something that sounds so believable if it wasn’t true.
    He failed his team with his inability/unwillingness/unimaginative lack of coaching the defense schemes. Basically, the Steelers stayed in a zone look through most of the game. Brady shredded it…..of COURSE Brady is gonna shread an unimaginative, unchanging zone. Tomlinson did his team a disservice by not having the coaching flexibility and imagination to simply switch up and play man, alter looks, change up blitz schemes on and on…
    At this level….it’s hard to conceive of an NFL coaching staff not making these types of adjustments as naturally as Rosie O’Donnell looks disgusting and acts obnoxiously.

  27. Waiting for sports commentators to dive deep into this one. Cheating should not be tolerated, right Ryan Clark, Bill Polian, Rob Parker, Shannon Sharp, Bill Plaschke and Ray Lewis?

  28. Kind of funny how the Pats, accused of cheating and hit with major penalties, now have major rivals laying in disarray by the roadside (Seahawks, injury report violation; Steelers, ball deflation and injury report violations) as they march into Super Bowl #7 at the end of a season that was clean as a whistle, even by the standards of deranged Pats-hating accusers.

    And I’m a Cowboys fan!

  29. Bell is the most overrated RB in the NFL.
    He has never finished an NFL season and can be found on the bench when his team needs him most.
    He is contact adverse and depends on the defense to over commit in order to find a vacant spot to run through. I’ll give him credit for this style of running because he uses his quickness to overcome an offensive line that can’t run block against a good college team.
    But the facts speak for themselves…he’s a punk. Watching Jordy Nelson play with 2 broken ribs and Bell on the sideline because his groin hurt tells the whole story. The Pats had figured out how to stop him and he just headed to the bench.
    He typifies the Steelers under Tomlin….no mental or physical toughness (except for Ben, Harrison and Timmons)

  30. It’s becoming more and more obvious that Tomlin should thank Bill cowher for the Superbowl win he inherited.

  31. So we now have coaches fully admitting to lying on the injury report? And a team ready to move to Vegas? This is not going to end well for Rodger. Hey, Rodger, I would have a lackey start my car for me in the future.

  32. rowech44 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 7:39 PM
    wait a minute, last week’s injury reports leading up to AFCCG:

    ————————————-

    Well said sir. Well said.
    Years of cheating at this organization.

  33. It’s a shame we can’t have a real discussion about this because of the typical Pats troll brigade that rolls out every time a story like this comes out.

  34. If you are going to punish the Steelers because the Giants found an underinflated ball, then you have to punish the Giants for illegally testing 2 balls. Besides, I do not recall any video footage of a Steelers employee carrying ththe balls into the bathroom or text message to someone called the deflator like another case we heard about. And Bell ran for 340 yards in 2 games, no injury to report.

    Another uninformed hater. What text messages are you talking about? Either the balls were deflated or they were not. What does the bathroom have to do with it? Also, how about the Colts balls? They were under too. Any problem with that? The Colts stuck a needle in one too. Is that a violation? Why did Goodell lie about Brady’s testimony?
    Sorry but you can’t demand reason when your team is involved and bring out the pitchforks when it is the Pats. Tell Trip I said hi.

  35. Either Tomlin is lying or Bell has adopted Little Ben’s drama queen persona of pretending to be injured whenever you lay an egg out on the field. My prediction is this will result in some heavy sanctions, including the loss of a first round draft pick and possibly suspending both Bell and Tomlin for the 2017 season since both are repeat offenders. Tomlin has tried to trip up kick returners and supervised the deflating of footballs. Bell has been busted with weed and failed multiple drug tests. Steelers should think about drafting a running back in the second round but I don’t know how many good picks will be left after the best 60 players are already scooped up. Maybe they get lucky, but drafting Bell in the second round has been a disaster as the above article (and many others) demonstrates.

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