Reports State Bell Could Miss Six To Eight Weeks With Lisfranc Injury

Le'Veon Bell

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.

About the Author

Matt Loede
Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

1 Comment on "Reports State Bell Could Miss Six To Eight Weeks With Lisfranc Injury"

  1. Bottom line is, Lacy shoulda been the guy. I said it as I watched the daft and I’m saying it now! Sometimes fans do know more than the “powers that be” because all we have to go off of is the eye test and lacy passed the eye test much more adeptly than Bell! Bell, like Mendenhall, played in the big 10 which is barely comparable to the SEC. If you banged up and “injured” as Lacy was purported to be, at least you PLAY IN THE SEC WHERE THE COMPETITION IS HARSH AND NFLESQUE WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT! You can play in the big 10 all you want and remain injury free but as soon as you ( a RB) then venture into tougher, harsher domains, one can see what happened to Bell. Body not used to it and now this. I just think sometimes that, even amidst all their success, that the Steelers quietly take an elitist type of attitude with them in all or most of their day-to-day operations! It’s almost is if they disregard certain trending and OBVIOUS, IN THE BAG decisions in favor of stuff they feel is a more Steeler way! It’ s why they never sign free agents of any consequence (save Clark and Farrior)! free agency is in place for a reason pittsburgh, everyone else seemingly participates (sometimes even on a blocknuster level). Might want to jump in and join the rest…it won’ t make you like everyone else if that’s what you’re afraid of. And then we have to deal with unremarkable axioms from overrated Tomlin like “the standard is the standard'”! What does that mean?!?! How about, “Start drafting better especially in the second round and where there’s a hole, fill it with an elite free agent!” I like that slogan much better.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.