The Pittsburgh Steelers were anticipating using rookie running back Le’Veon Bell as their featured back this season, but they will have to wait almost two months before that happens. According to a reports, Bell is expected to miss up to eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury. Bell suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Steelers Monday Night preseason game against the Redskins.
Bell carried the ball four times for nine yards before leaving the game. He was replaced in the lineup by fourth-year back Jonathan Dwyer, who looked solid rushing for 68 yards on 14 carries.
Pittsburgh drafted Bell in the second round of this year’s draft out of Michigan State. Bell’s bruising style of running puts him at risk for injury, especially after the 230-lb back carried the ball 382 times for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns last year for the Spartans. If Bell is out the full eight weeks, he would be scheduled to return in the Steelers’ sixth game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 20th. If he only is out six weeks, Bell could return for the Oct. 13th game against the Jets that follows the Steelers bye in week five.
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