Depending on who you listen to, it’s going to be quite some time till the Steelers and fans get to see rookie Le’Veon Bell carrying the ball for the team when it matters.
It’s already been announced that Bell would miss Saturday’s game vs the Chiefs at home (preseason game three), but now two NFL insiders are reporting he will be sidelined anywhere from six to eight weeks.
The reports are is that Bell has a Lisfranc injury (foot injury). ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter says Bell will be on the sidelines about six weeks.
CBS insider Jason La Canfora says the recovery time for the injury to Bell will be more like eight weeks.
The Steelers are already dealing with a player with the same type of injury, that being tight end Matt Spaeth, and he’s out for 8 to 10 weeks.
Bell’s injury isn’t expected to be as severe as Spaeth, but at the same time, missing six weeks will put him on the sidelines till around September 29th, the Sunday the Steelers play in London vs Minnesota.
An eight week stint on the sidelines puts him out till around October 13th, the weekend the team is in New York to play the Jets and Rex Ryan.
Either way, this is a big blow to a team that sorely needs backs to run the ball in 2013.
A second-round draft pick, Bell had been expected to become a major part of the Steelers’ offense. That may still happen, but the Steelers will open the season with Bell on the sideline and Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling as their running backs.