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It was thought yesterday that the Steelers could be without rookie running back Le’Veon Bell from six to eight weeks with a sprained foot.

Mike Tomlin said today – ‘not so fast.’

Tomlin said that the back could be back a lot earlier than expected, stating that the foot will not require surgery.

He also said that for now, Bell’s foot has seen dramatic improvement from treatment, including more movements without pain in the past 48 hours.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter says Bell will be on the sidelines about six weeks on Wednesday, while CBS insider Jason La Canfora said it would be more like eight weeks that Bell would miss.

For now, Bell is for sure out this week vs the Chiefs, and the team is listing the injury as a mild mid-foot sprain.

In his only preseason appearance, Bell had 9 yards on four carries before the injury Monday vs the Redskins.

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