Steelers RB Le\’Veon Bell Claims He\’s Fine After Aggravating Knee Bruise

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn\’t have a medical degree, but that doesn\’t prevent him from commenting on the status of injured players. Roethlisberger said Friday morning that from what he\’s heard, the knee injury suffered by rookie running back Le\’Veon Bell Thursday during practice isn\’t bad.

Bell agrees with the diagnosis of Dr. Roethlisberger as he told the media Friday it was just an aggravation of his previous knee bruise.

Head coach Mike Tomlin told the media following Thursday\’s practice that the Steelers second-round draft pick re-aggravated the left knee injury that prevented him from playing in preseason opener against the New York Giants. He also added that he wasn\’t concerned about the injury even though Bell was to be evaluated further later in the evening.

Bell reportedly needed ice wrapped around both sides of the knee as a result of the re-aggravation and was walking with a noticeable limp even after removing the wrap later in the day. The injury took place when Bell was hit during a non-contact period.

It is unknown right now if Bell will miss the Steelers second preseason game Monday night against the Washington Redskins, but he more than likely won\’t practice Friday. While Bell said Friday that he wants to play Monday night, Tomlin will more than likely hold him out once again as a precaution.

There is no reason to rush Bell right now as the Steelers need him to be fully healthy for the season opener. There will be two more preseason games for Bell to show what he has and thus plenty of time to win the starting running back job.

  • steeltown

    Completely agree.. rest him and let him heal up..he can start against KC

  • Jason White

    As much as I want to finally see Bell play Monday night I’d much rather him be a 100% before stepping on the field. I think the job is his to lose and after he finally sees some preseason action it will be made official. Just my opinion though.

  • Jason Brant

    I’m going to need some blood pressure medication by the time the season starts.


    Do we know who hit him yet, and who actually ran the drill incorrectly?

  • Dan

    Plus the other guys still need plenty of snaps to be fully evaluated. No reason they can’t get more of those in this week. I think it would be interesting to see how Dwyer does with the first team o-line. I’m thinking the gap between our first team and backup linemen is pretty significant.

  • paltel

    In Tomlin’s position I’d trust the judgement of the Steelers medical/training staff on whether Bell plays, however I’d not wrap him bubble wrap till the season starts as some folks suggest. If he is fragile and breaks easy, it doesnt make much difference whether it happens in the preseason or in the first couple games.

    Not knowing how durable Bell will be is the reason Dwyer would make my 53 man roster. My guess is that he will be extremely durable, but then I believed that about Mendenhal until Ray Lewis broke him in a hurry.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Heard Kemoeatu tripped and fell into him.

  • 2KAC

    If it is a knee bruise as they claim, then the knee padding should protect his knew from that. I wish these guys would wear the proper padding instead of wearing them above the knee where they don’t do jack.

  • SteelersDepot

    HE HAS HEALED, HE HAS HEALED! Well, at least he is on the field today.

  • PA2AK

    I hear it was McClendon… and he didn’t tackle him. just a collision. drill was proper.

  • Bob Graff

    I have been a 40 year + Steeler fan but this years version worries me. First is this zone blocking B.S. in other words we are going to start cut blocking. Good luck with that i think it’s not the steeler way maybe Washington or Denver. But go ahead and an act like you are not cheating because our guys just can’t straight up block. Then where has our front office been the last 8 years they have done a horrible job drafting talent. I have a really bad feeling about this team, it just looks like everyone else has past us by. RESTING FIRST YEAR PLAYERS IN PRESEASON CHUCK NOLL WOULD CUT EM.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    not sure why the rush

  • treeher

    Wha ??? Where you been, man?