Many Steelers fans were irate when the team passed over Alabama running back Edide Lacy on Friday, and instead went with Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell.
Well, turns out the team had a good reason, as the Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says that Lacy’s big toe fusion scared the Steelers off.
The report says the Steelers “would not touch Lacy because his big toe had been fused.” There was already some concern about Lacy’s hamstring, and what was reported as turf toe. Nothing about a fusion was reported, but somehow it was a big factor for the Steelers to stay away.
The Green Bay Packers may have gotten a steal in Lacy, as he was the fourth back drafted with the 29th pick in the second round. Lacy ran for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns on 204 carries for the national champions last season.
As for the Steelers, Bell was the back they say they wanted all along, and it appears now there’s a good reason behind that. It remains to be seen if they are going to regret it.