Report: Steelers RB Le\’Veon Bell Expected To Miss Six Weeks

The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to address how long they expect rookie running back Le\’Veon Bell to be sidelined with the mid-foot sprain he suffered Monday night against the Washington Redskins, but that hasn\’t stopped the reports.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is now reporting on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that Bell is expected to be out six weeks with a Lisfranc injury.

If indeed that report winds up being true, Bell would hopefully be ready for the Week 6 game against the New York Jets following the bye week.

The Steelers Week 4 game will be played in London against the Minnesota Vikings, but I would guess they wouldn\’t try to have him ready by then.

Once again, until the Steelers confirm the timeframe, nothing is really set in stone.

  • RW

    Glad we have that week 5 bye week now. Usually hate the early byes, but with injuries piling up so early, maybe it’ll be a good thing.

  • Glenn Gilbert

    Maybe by the time week one starts Tomlin can get all the starters injured. Looks like were working our way to a Clowney draft

  • Patrick

    Better than 8-10

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Ironic that they didn’t take Lacy due to concerns with his foot.

    Are there examples of guys coming back from Lisfranc injuries successfully? Jones-Drew, Santonio and McFadden essentially have missed full seasons and it is yet to be seen if they will be as effective and durable as they were. I know Matt Schaub came back, but he doesn’t need to run and cut like an RB.

  • Jason

    I hope Tomlin dosen’t decide to switch backs every series again this year. Pick Dwyer or Redman as your back and give the other one 8-10 carries a game

  • SteelersDepot

    Congrats on having the stupidest comment of the day.

  • John Wallace

    If Bell truly is the Steelers’ best option at running back, maybe Haley won’t emphasize the running game as much as we had thought/hoped. One good thing is that this will force the o-line to improve their pass-blocking.

  • Jason

    By “Clowney” draft I assume you mean worst team in football. What a clown. And it would be we’re not were.

  • philipag

    That’s a Clowney comment, bro.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Curious whether the Steelers use any of the Functional Movement System (it’s basically designed to identify strength asymmetries and motor control issues) . I know other teams like the Colts and Falcons have used it to help prevent injuries.

  • JohnnyV1

    WTF! All I have to say on this.

  • Mkeller

    I never wanted them to focus on the run. They’ll have plenty of time for that when Ben’s gone. The idea they are going to keep Ben healthy by running more is mind numbing. They haven’t run effectively since 2007. Get all you can out of Ben while you have him thank the football gods that you ever did have him.

  • Mkeller

    Huh? “And it would be we’re not were”? Reads a little like gibberish.

  • TJimmy

    I know its early, but I hope this is not a sign that he is not durable

  • Jason

    What confused you?

  • Brendon Glad

    I sure hope that little hussy LisFranc didn’t dig her claws in too hard on Le’Veon…because she is a gold-digger. She’s wrecked many a man in her day.

  • Robert Truax

    Could be a silver lining – a fresh legged RB to carry the ball in the second half. Sometimes postseason success comes down to who is healthiest!

  • John Wallace

    I couldn’t agree more. This team has only a few more years left with Ben behind center. He’s capable of so much more than he’s able to get out of this offense. I would love to see him put up numbers like Stafford, Brees or Brady. Unfortunately, that will never happen with this team.

  • Rubem Dornas

    I wonder what is a Clowney draft (I have portuguese as mother language).

  • Richard Edlin

    Jadaveon Clowney is already very strongly favoured to be the 1st overall pick in the 2014 draft. He’s suggesting that the Steelers are aiming to get the #1 overall pick.

    A more useful translation is: “Glenn is an idiot”

  • 2443scott

    if i had a choice in the matter i would want howling as the starter and redman and dwyer in that order …dwyer runs to straight still in to the pile for me …he seems better but his old ways seem to keep comeing back ….bells young he will come back alot quicker because it …..he has a good reason now to get the off down now pat so when he comes back he should know every play

  • Jason

    Not really. If you read the poster’s comment that I was responding to he used the word “were” when he should have used “we’re”. I was just being a jerk and correcting his grammar. Sorry if it was confusing.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Thank you, Richard! Very enlightening!

  • 2443scott

    i am still in the opinion that their is a prob with how the trainers are training these guys feet – ankles – knees ….seems to be a on going prob last few years ….steelers need to shell out some cash to fix this prob with some kind a study or bring in more trainers

  • Dave, did you hear when (and how) the injury occurred? I ask because it appears Manny Sanders lost his balance as the scrum unfolded after the second play and stepped hard and out-of-control on Bell’s right foot (2nd down and 6, Bell carried off left guard). It didn’t look as if Sanders or Bell could have possibly avoided the accident–and it certainly looks as if the incident would have been painful and might have injured the foot. It’s really too bad (if that’s how it happened) that Bell could face this set-back due to freak, non-contact accident.

  • walter mason

    Can we afford to keep him on the roster for the second half? I seem to recall we have 2 TEs that wont play until later. Can we reallty afford to keep 2 or 3 players on the roster with injuries? I think someone will get Injured Reserve.

  • As a follow-up to my previous comment, I looked up “Lisfranc Injury” and found the following on Wikipedia, which indicates a common cause can be someone stepping on the foot. It doesn’t appear as if anything happened to Bell during the third or fourth plays he took part in that could have had the effects described below.

    “In humans, the midfoot consists of five bones that form the arches of the foot (the cuboid, navicular, and three cuneiform bones) and their articulations with the bases of the five metatarsal bones. Lisfranc injuries are caused when excessive kinetic energy is applied either directly or indirectly to the midfoot and are often seen in the setting of traffic collisions or industrial accidents.[4]

    “Direct Lisfranc injuries are usually caused by a crush injury, such as a heavy object falling onto the midfoot, or the foot being run over by a car or truck, or someone landing on the foot after a fall from a significant height.[5] Indirect Lisfranc injuries are caused by a sudden rotational force on aplantar flexed (downward pointing) forefoot.[4] Examples of this type of trauma include a rider falling from a horse but the foot remaining trapped in thestirrup, or a person falling forward after stepping into a storm drain.[5]”

    Here is the link to the article re Lisfranc Injuries; it appears to be backed by peer-reviewed references.

  • Tom

    Seems like 6 weeks is a very optimistic prognosis for this type of injury.

  • JPDQ

    Yeah, but I’m sure that’s where we’re heading. I don’t see either guy playing lights out OR staying healthy enough to string together a solid month of starts and take the job with any authority. But I’d like to see Dwyer do it.

  • JPDQ

    Sure do agree with that last sentence. Ben would’ve made a lot of teams in this league a contender. Lucky for us he made the Pittsburgh Steelers contenders.

  • SteelersDepot

    I slowed that down and I don’t think it happened there. I think he barely clipped his foot.

  • Robert Truax

    guess it depends on how many lineman/LBs/DBs/WRs they decide to keep, future injuries and the health of Heath. If Heath comes back in a reasonable time frame maybe injured reserve for Matt Spaeth.

  • Brian Buzol

    Jason La Canfora of CBS tweeted he will be out 6-8 weeks. I think that 6 weeks is best case scenario without surgery. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that Steelers’ believe he does NOT need surgery. If the Steelers’ made the diagnosis of rehab and no surgery, I would think that means Bell is
    seeking a 2nd medical opinion. That is usually not a good thing. The Steelers cannot be happy IF a player who never played a regular season game is seeking a 2nd medical opinion. Does he want to play in the NFL or be placed
    on the IR and cash a paycheck? The Lisfranc injury that Bell suffered can cause players to miss much longer than eight weeks if he decides to get surgery. It won’t be hard to find a doctor that will say that surgery is needed. My hope is that he wants to make sure that he has a Lisfranc injury or that these reports are not correct. However, my gut is telling me that surgery is in the future. The Steelers are tight lip about these matters so it difficult to understand what is actually happening. Regardless, if he has surgery, I question if he will stay healthy after rehab or have the same ability to cut. The Steelers noted Bell’s durability when they selected him. Bell’s 382 carries led the entire country. Add in 32 receptions and Bell averaged more than 30 touches a game without injury. There was speculation that he left MSU after his junior season because of this. After he signed a four-year, $4,120,600 contract, he cannot stay healthy. I know he is only 21 years old, however, I question if he had too much wear on his tires after last season.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth…

  • Mike Amaro

    Lets Face Facts, We Haven’t Seen Much Of What Bell Can Do In An NFL Game But What What We Do Know Is Dwyer Is Playing Like A Man Who Wants To Win Some Football Games And Before You All Go Off About The Fumble He Had On Monday I Don’t Know If Anybody Els Has Noticed But Fumbles Happen In Football Even to The Most Elite Players At The Worst Times But It’s Better To Drop The Rock Now Then In The regular Season………All In All It Wouldn’t Bother Me If Johnathan Dwyer Is The Starter Come Week One.

  • steeltown

    Actually if true.. this is pretty good news

  • Steeler Wheeler

    To date, Leveon Bell’s greatest accomplishment is that he has pushed Redman and Dwyer to be better….no guarantee this cat was gonna play. Stick him on IR and then we’ll have some reinforcements mid-season when the others are dinged up.

  • John Hinton

    Dave…Thanks for keeping us informed with the most up to date information on Bell’s status. I’m looking forward to hearing something official hopefully today from the team.

  • Mkeller

    Yes he did. If all it took were game managing QBs Bill Cowher would have won a SB without Ben. He had great defenses and o-lines during his tenure but lacked the difference maker at QB. What Ben did at the end of the Arizona SB was simply awesome. What Ben did in the (3) playoff games on the road leading to Seattle SB was incredible. Out gunned Peyton Manning and made Champ Bailey look like an amateur in Denver throwing to CEDRIC WILSON for god’s sake. The guy will always get the benefit of the doubt with me because he was the difference. I know the right thing to do cap wise might be to move on….but I wont be mad when they extend him and will actually be glad they did it.

  • Good…because I’m sure Manny would have felt awful–not that it means anything re Bell’s recovery. That’s great you can slow down the replays. What did you do, copy the game to mp4 or avi, then playback through a program that allows speed control? Good idea!