NFL will look into Steelers’ handling of Bell’s injury

AP

The NFL is looking into whether the Steelers should have been listing running back Le’Veon Bell on their weekly injury reports, PFT has confirmed.

Bell left last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game with a groin injury he later said had been lingering. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said earlier this week that the injury “was not significant” before the flare-up knocked Bell out after just five carries vs. the Patriots.

By rule, teams are required to disclose “significant or noteworthy injuries” on their daily practice and participation reports. So, Tomlin probably was choosing his words carefully.

The NFL is investigating a similar situation with the Seahawks, who admitted after the season that cornerback Richard Sherman had been playing through a knee injury. The NFL has fined teams in the past for concealing or delivering inaccurate injury information. The Seahawks could be docked a draft pick as a repeat offender.

80 responses to “NFL will look into Steelers’ handling of Bell’s injury

  1. And people get angry when Belichick lists players with hangnails or ingrown hairs. He knows what he’s dealing with in the front office.

  2. It’s the stealers, one waive of Rooney’s hand and it will be “These are not the droids you are looking for”

  3. Update: Stevie Wonder named to lead investigation looking into Steelers handling of Bell’s injury. Gimme a break. The one thing the NFL has mastered is the art of lip service.

  4. I’m so tired of this crap I can hardly comment on it. Hopefully The Patriots and Tom Brady get to send a profound message to Roger Goodell on Super Sunday.

  5. Paul Allen is uber rich and influential & the Rooney’s have been there since the 70’s….point being no problem. Similar to the Giants re-signing a wife beating kicker. Goodell’s ‘friends’ can do as they please. And that’s why the fans are PO’ed.

  6. He looked ready to go and then he tweaked it…I don’t see any foul here. This isn’t like how SEA handled Sherman’s injury.

  7. The entire purpose of the injury reports is to influence gambling. You know, that evil thing that The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person says is so bad that he doesn’t want the Raiders to move to Vegas because “it sends the wrong message” or some such.

    As much as it pains me to do, I have to agree with Bill Belichick’s view on these reports–they’re horsebleep and should be treated as such.

  8. They are also looking into the Colts not disclosing that Luck had broken ribs. Of course, that was a couple of years ago.

  9. Well if they are going to take away the Seahawks 2nd round pick then they have to do the same with the Steelers….But it’s OK I’m a Falcons fan and that means we will get the #62 pick lol

  10. Anybody on PFT following/writing about the federal steroid/hgh trafficking trial of pittsburgh steelers team doctor richard rydze currently underway?!?

    It’s so hush, hush.

  11. I hope the Steelers or Seahawks dig in a lil on this and ask for transparency. This goes on with every team. It’s just about the stupidest rule Still on the books. Kudos to BB for just listing almost everyone on his.

  12. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:13 PM

    Anybody on PFT following/writing about the federal steroid/hgh trafficking trial of pittsburgh steelers team doctor richard rydze currently underway?!?

    It’s so hush, hush.
    ————————–

    Nobody cares.

  13. How dare they “investigate” a franchise so steeped in tradition. Don’t they know that Dan Rooney and John Mara RUN this league? Goodell is a FRAUD!!!

  14. Someone smarter than me needs to explain to me the reason and purpose of injury reports to begin with. What is the reason for them anyway? So a player has a hamstring or a sore ankle or whatever? So what? What’s the reason why that needs to be disclosed anyway? Please don’t tell me it’s because gamblers need the information. Besides, the other team is only going to try to exploit that injury to further injure, take advantage, etc., in order to win. In high school and in college, we had no clue who on the other team had a certain injury. During the course of the game, you find out yourself who’s not up to normal standards and adjust.

  15. 12coltsfan12 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:04 PM
    Their AFC championship drubbing is going to get an asterisk LOL
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    the only one looking for asterisks in playoff games is you, colt fan. but hey – “2016 afc south finalist” would look good on another banner.

  16. sixtimesbchamps says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:19 PM

    According to the rules, if you participate in full practice Thursday and Friday, you do not have to be listed on the report. Steelers will win this one.
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    In a sweet twist of irony all practices are taped so the league can review them when situations like this arises. Teams can claim full participation but as we all know the tapes don’t lie. We’ll see.

  17. The idea that the NFL feels the need to investigate this stuff in the name of protecting players, and that the NFLPA doesn’t lift a finger, only suggests that the NFLPA is in need of a major overhaul.

  18. Cheat. Deny. Accuse. Complain………..and lose. Enjoy watching the super bowl. You’re welcome.

  19. None of this matters, A. Brown and his antics helped lose the game for the steelers!!!

  20. They’ll “look into it”, sweep it under the rug for one of the favored few and then fine the next team that’s not in that group, or take away a draft pick.

  21. 12coltsfan12 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:04 PM
    Their AFC championship drubbing is going to get an asterisk LOL

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    Whats the footnote gonna be then? This is a tainted drubbing?

  22. As a Pats fan I don’t think this is serious at all and is worthy of a fine at best. That being said, I hope fans of other teams can appreciate our frustration with the arbitrary way the NFL handles investigations and discipline. When your team is in the cross hairs it gives you a different perspective.

  23. Trip tripped up. Remember when the league came down heavy on him for breaking integrity rules by publicly falsely accusing the Pats of cheating his phones and perpetrating a (completely legal) goal line shift in 2015? And when they broke integrity rules again by calling the Pats a-holes this year? Of course you don’t – and you probably thought the league banned Trip for life after he tripped a player. But all that will come, right after the NFL finish their indepth investigation Dr Rydze PED & HGH dealing and probable banning of the Steelers as a franchise.

  24. bd233 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:52 PM
    Actually I can see why this all makes the Patriots fans so mad.

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    Honestly, it doesnt. Let them go I say. Whats done is done, beating up other teams isnt going to undo it. Better for all concerned if the NLF just start being fair and consistent going forward. Indy got nothing for concealing Lucks rib injury so that should be the baseline for determining Pittsburgh and Seattle both.

    And on to Houston.

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    bernieknowsfootball says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:58 PM
    None of this matters, A. Brown and his antics helped lose the game for the steelers!!!

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    Not really. He played a good game against NE, its just the defenders played a better one. That was going to happen either way. As far as his other stuff thats between him and the coach.

  25. Lying on injury reports, tripping players, coaches charging the field and starting fights to get penalties to win playoff games, Munchak pulling the hair of Bengals players, deflating footballs against the Giants this year, robbing Seattle of a Super Bowl win by blatant officials cheating, and inventing steroid use in sports (Dr. Richard Rydze). This filthy Stealer organization needs to forfeit their entire draft for the next 3 seasons due to this incessant cheating by the Rooney’s.

  26. Remember injury gate? Patriots were cleared a day later when 2 players were telling the exact same story? Then Goodell cleared them and Goodell continued to hangout at Krafts house.

  27. Lying on injury reports, tripping players, coaches charging the field and starting fights to get penalties to win playoff games, Munchak pulling the hair of Bengals players, deflating footballs against the Giants this year, robbing Seattle of a Super Bowl win by blatant officials cheating, and inventing steroid use in sports (Dr. Richard Rydze). This filthy Stealer organization needs to forfeit their entire draft for the next 3 seasons due to this incessant cheating by the Rooney’s. Oh and I forgot “The Immaculate Deception”. The Stealers list of cheating is so immense it is easy to overlook some of their blatant cheating.

  28. According to the rules, if you participate in full practice Thursday and Friday, you do not have to be listed on the report. Steelers will win this one.
    ==================================

    A couple of years ago Ed Reed mentioned in a post season interview that his shoulder was bothering him the whole year. He never missed a single game or practice and was 100% certain to play in every game of the year. The league still found the Ravens to be in violation and hit them with a large fine.

  29. goodell has been scheming to cheat
    the pats for over 10 years

    then he completely ignores blatant cheating
    right in front of everyone to protect the chosen ones

  30. As a neutral observer with no love for either team i will say this. People love to rag on the Bills but they they stand up to new england much better than the steelers do. The steelers fold like an accordian at the mere mention of new england.

  31. patriotdynasty5 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 5:17 PM
    Lying on injury reports, tripping players, coaches charging the field and starting fights to get penalties to win playoff games, Munchak pulling the hair of Bengals players, deflating footballs against the Giants this year, robbing Seattle of a Super Bowl win by blatant officials cheating, and inventing steroid use in sports (Dr. Richard Rydze). This filthy Stealer organization needs to forfeit their entire draft for the next 3 seasons due to this incessant cheating by the Rooney’s

    Wow. Where to begin. They did not lie on an injury report, they did not disclose an issue that was not an injury. Tomlin never tripped anyone. Porter did not charge the field but came on to see if Brown was okay only to get in a verbal tat with Adam Jones who pushed an official. Munchak barely pulled the guys hair trying to pll him out if the way. Steelers had no input into what refs called in the Super Bowl. Steroids were introduced to the NFL in the early 60s and were first used by Chargers, Chiefs, Packers and Raiders. Rydze was never ever linked to steroids with NFL players as we was disbursing them from his private practice. What’s next?

  32. jchipwood says:
    Jan 27, 2017 5:17 PM

    Remember injury gate? Patriots were cleared a day later when 2 players were telling the exact same story? Then Goodell cleared them and Goodell continued to hangout at Krafts house.
    ———————————————————-

    I actually don’t remember this. Around when did it happen, who was involved, what could I type in a search bar to find it? I follow the Patriots pretty closely, could be forgetting something or you could be making it up.

  33. Roger says …First round and 250,000 fine!!!! What…, its not the patriots. The Steelers…. Oh….crap…., it ok. Probably just the temperature change again. Please send the rooneys a nice bottle of wine and our apologies for not getting this killed sooner….

  34. revren10 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:43 PM
    When will the league investigate the former Dr. employed by the team that was busted for handing out ped’s?

    This was done long ago. He was never linked to giving PEDs to any NFL player. He was caught doing it from his private practice.

  35. So the “crime” here is that the Steelers did not report an injury to a player

    who practiced Friday and Saturday
    started the game on Sunday
    and left after tweaking a groin
    on a cold January night
    after a long season and a playoff game

    There is a term for a player who has no nagging injuries after a full season and playoffs – “practice squadder”.

    A groin injury is slow-healing, easy to aggravate, and not obvious on an x-ray or MRI. I’m no Steeler fan, but this looks more like bad luck for Bell than bad behavior by the team.

  36. “The entire purpose of the injury reports is to influence gambling.”

    Not really. It has more to do with gambling being influenced by insider information or false insider information, which is why the reporting is so strict. The NFL actually doesn’t what shady gambling crap going on behind the scenes within it’s clubs.

  37. jchipwood says:
    Jan 27, 2017 5:17 PM
    Remember injury gate? Patriots were cleared a day later when 2 players were telling the exact same story? Then Goodell cleared them and Goodell continued to hangout at Krafts house.

    ————

    No I don’t. But I remember the last time the Dolphins were relevant….it was 1973.

  38. JJ412 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 6:17 PM
    jchipwood says:
    Jan 27, 2017 5:17 PM

    Remember injury gate? Patriots were cleared a day later when 2 players were telling the exact same story? Then Goodell cleared them and Goodell continued to hangout at Krafts house.
    ———————————————————-

    I actually don’t remember this. Around when did it happen, who was involved, what could I type in a search bar to find it? I follow the Patriots pretty closely, could be forgetting something or you could be making it up.

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    That Chippy, he’s got a wild imagination. He majored in fiction writing in college.

    As far as Pitt, same penalty as Seattle; not disclosing a player is less than 100% is non-compliance with Gestapo and a violation of the NFL rules….ergo, cheating.

    Trust me, I know 😉

  39. The Truth says:
    Jan 27, 2017 6:08 PM
    As a neutral observer with no love for either team i will say this. People love to rag on the Bills but they they stand up to new england much better than the steelers do. The steelers fold like an accordian at the mere mention of new england.
    ————
    I couldn’t agree more!!!!!!! BUF does play NE tougher than PIT. Finally, some truth from The Truth (I certainly wasn’t expecting that?)

  40. This just shows you that gambling does influence football. Why else would anyone except the injured players team care what issue the guy has. If anything it’d give the opposing team a strategic advantage. As much as I don’t care for Pittsburgh or Seattle, I just don’t see it as cheating if a guy has a tweak that flares up in-game…unless the spread is affected huh?

  41. The issue is not that they didn’t report his participation status last week each day (they specified he did not participate on Wed and Thursday), the issue is they stated he missed practice on Wed and Thurs and that it was classified each day as “Not Injury Related”… That is blatant deception (lying, cheating, whatever…)

    I think there’s compelling evidence on this one to conduct a thorough Wells type investigation if Roger is true to his word on protecting the “integrity of the game…”. It’s pretty clear to me that Tomlin is ready to lie his way through this ordeal based on the stance he has already taken – perhaps, he may be asked to turn over his phone, emails, interview the trainers and doctors to see what they knew, how much treatment Le’veon received during the days he did not participate and supposedly not injury related, etc. Get Mort and Steven A on the line to leak exaggerated info, etc…

    Not to sound “chippy”, but I also recall about two months ago Tomlin making a pompous remark at being “transparent” on injury reporting ahead of the Pats game in regular season when revealing Ben wouldn’t be playing – felt like a shot at the Pats at the time…. hmmmmmmmm.

  42. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jan 27, 2017 4:13 PM
    Anybody on PFT following/writing about the federal steroid/hgh trafficking trial of pittsburgh steelers team doctor richard rydze currently underway?!?

    It’s so hush, hush

    ___________________________________

    How does it feel to be a Bengals fan? Really, how does it feel? It’s got to suck.

  43. As a Steelers fan, is feels great to have Dan Rooney in our corner….. Move along little boys…. We really do own this league weather you want to admit it or not. Just look at the comments, we get away with things not cause we are incompetent haha.

  44. You can tell pretty early how the NFL is going to approach most of these situations. Teams like the Colts, Ravens Steelers and Giants get downplayed coverage.
    Teams like the Patriots, Seahawks and Cowboys get the ‘red alert’ media coverage so that brainless football fans know what to think about that transgression (real or imagined).

    Despite the constant crying of their fans, the Steelers are definitely one of the favoured sons of Goodell and his goon squad.

  45. The NFL jumped on Tom Brady in the middle of a game.
    Look at all lthe inflations this year, Elliot,Sherman and Bell. The NFL is taking its time. Roger the Shield is showing some prejudice here, step it up Comish.

  46. jchipwood says:
    Jan 27, 2017 5:17 PM
    Remember injury gate? Patriots were cleared a day later when 2 players were telling the exact same story? Then Goodell cleared them and Goodell continued to hangout at Krafts house.

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    This article is about a Steelers player and in one spot mentios a prralell to a Seahaeks matter. Yet you come on posting nothing but something made up out of thin air about the Patriots. Putting aside you are writing total fiction not even based on an accusation, incident, question, or anything…why is your only thought on the Patriots? You do this on other articles about other teams too. Regardless of the topic you are Patriots this and Patriots that. Do you even know that there are 31 other teams?

  47. …. and you get to watch the Super Bowl from your couch (again) after getting steamrolled by NE (again).

  48. Truth and injury reports will never coexist unless they just get rid of them.
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    The cheats in PIT (Tomlin) have apparently already gotten rid of the former and will now likely get to work (Rooney) on getting rid of the latter.

  49. onemorethentherest says:
    Jan 28, 2017 2:56 AM

    As a Steelers fan, is feels great to have Dan Rooney in our corner….. Move along little boys…. We really do own this league weather you want to admit it or not. Just look at the comments, we get away with things not cause we are incompetent haha.
    ——————————————————-
    Incompetent on the field. Belichick and/or Brady are your daddy. Pick one. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so called “talent “poop down their leg so easily and so often . Enjoy watching the Patriots on SB Sunday, again. You’re welcome.

  50. Patriots destroyed no fool no drool. Dude went ghost after steelers embarassed. Karma 101

  51. Peter King is such a fool it’s worth posting about on more than one thread:

    You can criticize Ben for the Kansas City game, but King is a moron for blaming Roethlisberger at all for the AFC Championship Yeah, King, it’s Ben’s fault his receivers dropped his perfect passes, and singlehandedly canceled out two touchdowns and a field goal. And I didn’t even mention Heyward-Bey causing another pick by not turning around when he was supposed to.

    Ben tossed 314 yards and easily has 400+ with another two TDs if not for his receivers deserting him. I guess King was too busy checking his phone for newborn grandkid pics to have actually watched the game.

  52. Steelers face a wealth of distractions heading into next season. By the time all the punishment is handed out, the roster is going to look much different than the one Rooney had expected. Welcome to the AFCN basement.

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