The Steelers are confident that running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) will be ready for the start of next season, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. While Bell will miss the rest of this season with MCL/PCL injuries in his right knee, head coach Mike Tomlin said Bell's ACL remains intact, so he is not facing a recovery timetable that would cost him more games next year. It's not clear when Bell will be 100 percent again, but a more definitive timeline for his recovery will be known after the Steelers' medical staff decides whether or not he needs surgery to repair the damage in his knee.
Running back Le'Veon Bell has been placed on the Steelers' season-ending injured reserve list. Bell's 2015 season comes to a close after he sustained a gruesome right knee injury believed to be a torn MCL during Sunday's game against the Bengals. That unfortunately incident came after Bell injured the same knee during Week 17 of last season, which resulted in a lengthy rehab process. Also suspended for the first two games of this season, Bell finishes the current campaign with 556 yards on 113 carries, 136 receiving yards from 24 catches (on 26 targets), and three total touchdowns. With Bell out, the Steelers signed running back Isaiah Pead on Monday, which figures to provide depth behind the likes of DeAngelo Williams, Dre Archer and Jordan Todman in Pittsburgh's backfield.
Bell (knee) may be placed on season-ending injured reserve as soon as Monday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. The Steelers didn't provide a diagnosis after Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but even in a best-case scenario, Bell will likely miss multiple games. He was unable to put any weight on his right leg and was taken out of the stadium to undergo further evaluation. According to Dave Lolley of the Washington Observer-Reporter, the Steelers are worried that Bell suffered a torn MCL, which could potentially bring his season to an early end. H suffered an MCL injury in the same knee Week 17 last season, and while the issue wasn't said to be too serious at the time, he later admitted that it took nearly the entire offseason to heal. It shouldn't yet be assumed that Bell will miss the rest of the season, but it does seem that DeAngelo Williams will lead the Pittsburgh backfield for at least the next few weeks.
Following Sunday's loss to the Bengals, the Steelers did not provide an immediate update on the status of Bell, who injured his right knee in the contest, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Per the report, Bell left the stadium to undergo further evaluation of his knee, but at this stage the severity of the running back's injury has yet to be outlined by the team. Given that Bell was unable to put weight on his leg after sustaining his injury, we suspect that he's going to miss time, though it's too early to speculate whether his issue is season-threatening.
Bell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Bengals with a right knee injury, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. At first glance this doesn't look good, with Bell having been carted off after not being able to put weight on the knee. Next up for the Steelers' carries in the event that Bell misses time beyond Sunday is DeAngelo Williams.
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