Steelers Getting Second Opinion On RB Le\’Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday morning in a written statement that the team is seeking a second opinion on rookie running back Le\’Veon Bell, who suffered a mid-foot sprain Monday night against the Washington Redskins.

Bell had an MRI on Tuesday and was reportedly already wearing a walking boot. He has been ruled out for the third preseason game Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Le’Veon had his MRI on Tuesday, and we are still awaiting final diagnosis and results of a second opinion. He will not participate this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs, and I will provide an update once we have received the official results of his tests over the next couple of days.

This is certainly not good and you sure hope it isn\’t a Lisfranc injury. It doesn\’t sound like he will be suiting up any time soon.

Bell was drafted by the Steelers in the second-round this past April out of Michigan State.

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  • Patrick

    This season is rapidly going in the toilet.

  • steeltown

    It is getting pretty ridiculous. I know I know every team has injures, but WE cant field a healthy Team EVER

  • sean mcmartin

    another year of having a great QB going down the drain.
    What would Ozzy do?
    Sign players to help out the o-line and TE position
    Colbert : not so much

  • James Kling

    Two R1 OL picks, two R2 OL picks, these guys need to step up.

  • Mike

    Wow, and we were worried about Lacey’s injury during the draft and so far he looks like a bulldozer up in Green Bay. Hopefully Bell gets a better second opinion and bounces back quickly. He should be a good back for us when he’s ready.

  • Anthony Renzelli

    Can be a good back if healthy but hard to see him ever being healthy when he’s had 3 injuries in two or 3 weeks? Carrying the ball 40 times a game last year might’ve broken him down


    He’s hurt take your time to get healthy long season. Dwyer got this.

  • Crazy Bone

    Meanwhile Bernard looks like a young Ray Rice based on what I watched against Tennessee. This season will be one big mess.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    If I had to guess, I’d say PUP list for Bell to start the season. Sucks, but could also be worse. If the O-line can get it together, then Dwyer and LSH can get us by in the meantime. Ideal? No. But we’d have Bell back before any of the Ravens games at least.

  • steeltown

    Lets hope its not more serious.. but in the end, its not a huge deal. The OLine is the biggest concern at this point anyway, like you said Dwyer LSH and Redman can hold it down as long as the OLine steps up

    I think Bell would have to be placed on IR with designation, if anything

  • DoctorNoah

    Wow, a lot of ridiculous naysaying. I love both Redman and Dwyer as featurebacks and LSH as an exciting 3rd down back. They have all looked solid. I don’t bet my season on an unproven rookie. Once the O-line gets on its feet and gels, I doubt there will be the same running game problems as there were last year. The O-line is introducing new concepts and have been clearly focused on punching the running game, so the fact that they’ve appeared one-dimensional and poor in pass-protection is not surprising at this point.

    I remain (cautiously) optimistic.

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  • SteelersDepot

    Bell is not eligible for the PUP list. Have to be on PUP at start of camp to be eligible for PUP list for regular season.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Gah! You’re right. Crap. Then I guess it’s IR with the designation to return (let’s hope it isn’t THAT serious), or simply keep him active, but sidelined in the meantime. I have a sickening feeling that this “second opinion” is to give the thumbs up or down as to whether Bell can just do rehab, or if he needs surgery.

    How long is the IR designation to return? 10 weeks? More?

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Doom!….NOT. Too many folks are far too much in love with skill guys.

    Steelers have Dwyer and Redman and both are capable of getting you > 100 ypg with a terrible O-Line! LSH just makes us that much better. Bell was going to have to be exceptional and know his blocking assignments just to get on the field. Only 2 out of Bell/Dwyer/Redman will dress most weeks anyway, so what’s the big deal if we let him rest up and don’t see him until October? The chump change spent on Dwyer and Redman is well worth it, there’s plenty of money left to sign scrap heap O-line, not that that will likely help any, our starters are healthy, they just aren’t performing yet.

    Steelers haven’t suffered a serious injury yet as the injuries are to guys not expected to do much more than their backups…Bell might end up being significantly better than the other three, but not likely in September…Spaeth’s injury is the most damaging so far even though he sux but he is likely better than any other healthy body on roster, but Heath will be back soon. Will Johnson will be fine; BB, starting O-line, all WR’s, entire D-Line, starting 5 LB (including JJ) and most backups, all safeties and Ike Taylor are all perfectly healthy!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 weeks of Palmer instead of Spaeth and Dwyer instead of Bell is no big deal.

    I’m concerned only about Heath’s return and at CB as Willie Gay makes me hungry every time I see him play (Anyone else want some eggs and TOAST?). Gay, Curtis Brown, and all the rest of our CBs have shown they are not ready for NFL…stay healthy Ike and get well Cortez.

    No more whining unless someone really important gets hurt or re-hurt.

  • NW86

    8 weeks after the season starts.

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree Doc. If there is a position to lose someone to, it’s the rb position. We are fortunately back loaded with Dwyer, Redman, and LSH. Bell is just the icing on the cake. He’ll be o.k. and be back in due time. No need to panic, Christmas will be just a little late for us this year.

  • Nolrog

    This kind of statement makes me worried. Let’s hope he gets healthy quickly.

  • steeltown

    I agree about Spaeth, I don’t think he “sux” but I agree we are missing his (and Miller’s) blocking ability badly, but the sky is not falling.

    The OLine needs to step up BIG TIME

  • Tom

    I think Sean voices a legitimate concern. Sure, they need to step it up. Unfortunately, at this time there does not appear to be much of a back-up plan in place. It’s the two 2nd rounders and OL depth that I am concerned about.

  • James Kling

    There’s legitimate concern, but it’s not like we haven’t invested in OL help via the draft. The problem may be that we didn’t invest wisely, or that we are implementing a new system that the players are not yet fully comfortable with. Either way, I’m concerned. I do think we need to scout waivers for OL8 and OL9 though: Whimper ad nauseam aren’t going to cut it. Luckily, David Johnson being activated gives us some breathing room at TE.

  • Tom oneal

    When are they giong to realize drafting RBs high is a huge mistake.

  • Mkeller

    Well all those folks that think Dwyer has finally gotten over his weight issues (why some people don’t believe this fact to be true is astonishing as its been highly publicized) will get to find out. I hope he has because the Steelers are going to need him as Jay Glazer among others are reporting it is in fact a lisfranc and Pitt got the 2nd opinion in the hopes of avoiding surgery. Not good at all.

  • HiVul

    It’s been publicized that Dwyer lost weight recently, but he’s been known to gain and drop significant amounts of weight. Just this offseason I read a report that he had to drop 20-30 lbs before training camp. That kind of thing can be easily overlooked if he gets it together in time (which it looks he has) but it isn’t a good sign. You don’t see Adrian Peterson packing on 20 lbs after the playoffs are over.

  • Mkeller

    Yes I agree. It’s been a cycle of behavior that’s hindered his developement. The guy went from ACC player of the year to nearly not being drafted because of conditioning. He’s got talent no doubt. He’s just far less athletic at 260. What tends to be annoying is that every time he drops weight (typically after an ass chewing by his bosses) many believe he’s changed his tendency to get complacent. I won’t give him the benefit of the doubt any longer. I hope he goes after it and has a great season…I just don’t expect it.