Le’Veon Bell to miss significant time

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell was expected to challenge for the teams starting back but has had injuries derail his first training camp. He missed the team’s first game because of a sore left knee and injury he then re-aggravated a week later. Then during the teams second game against the Washington Redskins he tweaked a foot injury, one now being called a Lisfranc injury that will take him about six to eight weeks to recover from.

I’m kind of surprised that the timetable is only six to eight weeks as many other players have taken a significantly longer time to return from. The reason the timetable is so low is that the Steelers think they’ll be able to void surgery and Bell will be able to heal with just rest. Safe to say, I’m pretty skeptical about that.

At this point in the preseason for a player to miss six to eight weeks that’s pretty significant, especially when a team is taking a gamble and not going the surgery route. In past years you’d expect a team to think about placing that player on injured reserve.

What I think the Steelers will do is place Bell on the I.R./designated to return list. It will let them free up a roster spot and still allow him to return this season but not until week nine. That will actually get him about 10 to 12 weeks to rest, recover and work back into shape when the timetable is only six to eight weeks.

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