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Report: Steelers Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell Could Miss Another Month


Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell said prior to the season opener against the Tennessee Titans that he hoped to be ready for the week two Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but reports Wednesday morning suggest that he could be sideline another month.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday morning that sources have informed his paper that Bell will likely be out until after the bye week.

During his Tuesday press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin really didn’t have much to say about Bell other than that he is continuing to work his way back from the mid foot sprain that he suffered in the second preseason game.

While Bell reportedly says that his foot feels good right now, he also said that he has yet to really test it.

Until Bell does return, the Steelers will have to get by with some combination of Isaac Redman, Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer was re-signed on Monday after the team lost LaRod Stephens-Howling for the season Sunday to a knee injury. Redman is expected to get the start Monday night against the Bengals, but whether or not he stays on the field long will depend on how successful he is.

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  • Mkeller

    Ouch.
    Spread the field with 4 WRs and throw the damn ball! They WILL NOT run against the Bengals with those guys behind the current line.

  • T R

    Yep.. Get Peyton Mannings tape and watch and copy it.. throw throw throw… Hurry up offense.. Hell get Phillys tap from Monday night game.. lets go steelers..

  • steeltown

    Felix Jones!!!…if that doesn’t work go with Dwyer… Redman is purely a 3rd down short yardage back and always will be

  • steeltown

    McCoy had 184yds rushing in that game…

  • steeltown

    They should definitely spread it out more.. no doubt, our WRs have much more talent than the healthy RBs and TEs we have at our disposal

  • JohnnyV1

    So we carry Heath Miller and Le’Veon Bell on the 53 man roster, who cannot play for the first 4-6 games. We now have two kickers on the 53 man roster. And we put a 2nd string blocking TE on IR-Designated to Return, in lieu of one of those previously mentioned, or one of the three that went to IR. I disagree with the roster management so far.

  • T R

    thats because they threw to open up run…

  • Derf

    Hope he is not the same as the other China “Bell”. Whats that 3 injuries and has not even played in a real game yet? To soon to say bust but….

  • Pete

    Hi injury is being reported in the Trib as a Lisfranc. Hey, didn’t they say it wasn’t a Lisfranc in the beginning?

  • steeltown

    Isaac Redman is also NOT Lesean McCoy

  • Eric

    Nobody agrees with the roster management. It is a total disaster.

  • Jason

    I see everyone’s point that if you can’t run it throw it but when you can’t pass protect for 2 seconds it makes it tough to throw 50 times.

  • Bilgewater D

    Its not a Lisfranc break. But it is an injury to the Lisfranc tendon.

  • Bilgewater D

    Bustamaulu.

  • James Kling

    No.

  • James Kling

    But nothing. Too soon to say anything at all.

  • cencalsteeler

    This game is where the coaches need to earn their paychecks. It’s time to throw the plays in that have been in the back pocket. I would like to see more dump passes to the running backs. Those always seem to produce at least 4 yards (more than a standard run). Get the TE involved more. Run the hurry up more, allowing for some rhythm to develop. Don’t call a run play outside the numbers when Redman or Dwyer are in, leave that to Jones. Cotchery needs more touches. Hell, I wouldn’t even mind a fake punt at this point. Bottom line, we need to keep the Bengals D off balance and guessing. In order to win this game, our coaches need to outcoach their coaches, peiod!

  • Robert Truax

    How does kirby wilson’s name not get mentioned when talking about lack of production/development in running back position?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The year we drafted Mendenhall he was hurt and out for the year, we drafted Batch who looked like he was going to be dynamic and he was hurt and lost in his 1st year, then we drafted Bell….he is hurt and out who knows how long. Bad mojo I guess. I think the only drafted HB in the last 5 years not to get injured was Dwyer.

  • Mkeller

    Well then don’t get on the plane. They can’t run it on Cincy. Ben and the WRs are their only hope in sustaining drives. It has to be done.

  • cencalsteeler

    Don’t jinx us, please!

  • Mkeller

    The Steelers don’t have a starting caliber back on the roster with exception to Bell and that’s not a given. The entire league could have signed Dwyer for the Vet minimum and nobody did it. Felix wasn’t going to make the Eagles roster. Redman is a great guy and hard worker but unfortunately he is no NFL RB. Its not like he hasn’t had opportunities. Oh, and next year the only back under contract will be Bell. Oh, and the only WRs under contract will be Brown and Wheaton. What an unmitigated disaster.

  • Derf

    Where theres smoke there is fire. Hope he is not but I rememeber the same talk about 66 last year when he was injured. And now the b word is starting to stick to him.

  • ATL96STEELER

    It makes you scratch your head, but I have to admit they’re dealing with some unusual situations…multiple injuries shoehorned into 2 positions…RB & TE.

  • Bilgewater D

    Yep, after 3 or 4 starts, of actual game experience, he’s a bust.

    Your stupid.

  • Jason

    Again, I see where you are coming from but I can’t see Tomlin scrapping the “run the ball” gameplan despite how futile the attempts to do so are. I would like to see a 4 or 5 wide set and quick passes to keep Ben alive but I see us using the square peg into round hole offense again Monday.

  • Mkeller

    I agree that’s just what they’ll do. The eagles ran all over the place on Monday spreading out the offense. I just don’t see packing everyone in tight and slamming a slow RB in there and expecting good results. I’m just frustrated because with all the draft picks spent on the Oline they’ve gained zero traction. Frustrated is all.

  • Derf

    Way to get personal. 66 is not grading out as the great draft pick he was to supposed to be. In fact he was supposed to be the best lineman in the draft last year. So far well below average. Foster is way better and not even drafted. And what a stupid play hurting 52, that alone shows his bust potential.

  • Derf

    Wow you know everything

  • steeltown

    Moye will be under contract next season..and hopefully Justin Brown can make the roster giving us 2 WRs with size to go along with Brown and Wheaton…

    The RBs are a mess, if Felix Jones stays healthy I’d say re-sign him to a modest 2yr deal

  • Bilgewater D

    Its not personal, based purely on anonymous comments. Calling Decastro a bust after 3 or 4 starts IS stupid.

  • steeltown

    Yea but after Mendenhall returned the following year he had two consecutive 1100+yd seasons and nearly 30TDs over the next 3yrs..

    We can only hope Le’Veon comes back with that sort of production

  • Mkeller

    I forgot about Justin Brown which wasn’t hard to do. You sure Moye is on a multi year deal? I really have no idea. But again you’re not setting the world on fire there.

  • Derf

    Sorry you got a 66 jersey! He is not what he was cracked up to be, I hope you can at least see that. I will be the first to admit if he is a star but so far he is not that good. In the preseason he sucked along with the whole o line. He is not strong enough, upper and lower body strength. Just saying what I see. I do not know what you have seen maybe you do not have tv, DB!

  • Bilgewater D

    I’m not calling him great, but it takes more than 3 or 4 games to make a bust.

    I actually think his best position might be center.

  • T R

    I figured you already knew that one lol

  • AndyR34

    Well…he is able to read and understand…thus he knows more than you.

  • AndyR34

    While I do not disagree with your comment on the coaches…when have Tomlin, et al, ever shown the ability to out-coach the other team offensively? Doesn’t matter if it was Bruce or Todd.

  • Mkeller

    Spreading it out may open up some running lanes by forcing the D out of the box.

  • Jim Underwood

    53 is the one stupid 66 hurt. Not 52.

  • Bilgewater D

    Cause he got burnt.

  • steeltown

    Yea I think Moye is on a 2yr deal, he’ll be an exclusive rights FA in 2015 if im not mistaken

  • Robert Truax

    I see what you did there…..classy!

  • joed32

    I wish we had McCoy so we could pull that off, the guy is great.

  • Matthew Marczi

    What would you have done differently?

  • James Kling

    Thanks for the timesaver. I’ll know not to read anything you write in future.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Because most people don’t overreact to one game.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Well, not in his rookie year, but he has had several injuries. He was IRed in 2011 with a broken foot I believe.

  • JohnnyV1

    And it’s you’re stupid, as in you are stupid.

  • steeltown

    Yes but the hope is that Miller and Le’Veon will be back well before the IR designation would allow and the kicker issue should only be for THIS week

  • JohnnyV1

    One thing I would not do, is put the # 2 TE, a blocking tight end, as the one player on IR designated to return. As we saw from game 1, injuries happen and we may want to use that for a starter. Maybe Foote, maybe use it on Bell.

  • Robert Truax

    ONE GAME, ONE GAME??lack of a reliable runner has been an issue for years!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Bell is already hurt for what it looks like another month…not sure how I can add much more to that…lol

  • Shannon Stephenson

    trust me, my fingers are crossed

  • Shannon Stephenson

    r u a freakin steeler walking encyclopedia? lmao

  • JPDQ

    You’re unreal, dude.

  • JohnnyV1

    It’s a backup TE, and completely idiotic to put on IR designated to return. There’s no excuse, none.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Well, Foote, Pouncey, and LASH had no chance of returning this year anyway, so why would you waste the short-term IR on players you know you’re not getting back? As for using the short-term IR on Bell, wouldn’t that just leave Spaeth on the roster injured? You can’t use it on both, so at least one of them has to be a game day in active for a while until he can play.

  • Bilgewater D

    Thanks for the grammar lesson on a sports blog.

  • Bilgewater D

    You should change your name to Derp.

  • steeltown

    Haley uses a lot of 2TE sets..the hope is we’ll have Miller and Spaeth as our main guys later in the season.. man-o-man that would be awesome compared to what we have currently

  • ATL96STEELER

    cencal…has a point…if they just line up with the same plays on the same cadence CIN saw LY, they are athletic enough to shut it down, particularly running plays…Haley does need to break tendency imo…I don’t care who they line up @ TE…that position is going to need more than 1 target to win this game.

  • JohnnyV1

    Spaeth to IR, end of season. Big guys don’t respond well to Lisfranc injuries. Just b/c he can (per IR-designated to return tag) doesn’t mean he will. Foote could have made it back. Perhaps next week we will need it. Spaeth is a #2 blocking TE. He signed a 2yr-$2million deal. He’s a marginal player for god’s sake. I can’t believe I have to explain this.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Arrogance and condescension is not grounds for a strong argument. Recovery time for a torn bicep is 4-6 months. Given the way they handle Aaron Smith’s injury a few years ago, you’d have to think if the team believed he had a chance of returning this season, they would have kept him on the roster, considering they already had five inside linebackers.

    You underestimate the role of the second tight end in this offense, which can easily see as much or more playing time as the nose tackle or nickel back on defense. The Steelers love running 21 and 22 personnel. Spaeth was going to be an integral part of the offense this season. Perhaps you missed the first game, but the tight ends did an awful job in run blocking. If you have the chance to get Spaeth back, you take it. You can disagree with me, and the Steelers organization, all you want, but to act like I’m insane for thinking differently than you and expressing exasperation over the need to explain the clear stupidity of, “for god’s sake”, using the short-term IR on a “marginal player” like a second tight end who when in-game plays upwards of half the team’s snaps is just childish. I suggest you exercise a greater level of respect when you converse with others on this site in the future.

  • Matthew Marczi

    We’re just supposed to hope that a starter gets injured instead so we don’t “waste” the opportunity on a mere second tight end who plays as much as the starting nose tackle or nickel back.

  • Showboogie

    Well said

  • JohnnyV1

    Matt, my most humble apologies, never mean to insult anyone or to have anyone make the connection that I, in any way, propose that someone is insane, or anything of the sort. Mental illnesses are very serious issues and I would never use that in a derogatory way.

    We definitely disagree. And we’ll see who was correct as the season plays out. I do hope that you are, as that means Spaeth will come back 5-6 more weeks and be that integral cog for the offense. I’d happily admit I was wrong, particularly if the Steelers are winning. We shall see.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I just want to let you know that I appreciate you taking the high road here. I think respectful disagreements tend to be more productive than when people start to lose their patience (not that I’ve never been at fault for that myself).

    We will see indeed how the Spaeth decision plays out. Lisfrancs are tricky injuries. I remember when Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks suffered a Lisfranc break last year, it took him three months to recover, although that was the original projected timetable for him as well.

  • WIINGY

    exactly. Why have two tight ends out there if we aren’t even throwing to them. Get Wheaton on the field.

  • WIINGY

    You guys have a point with bunching everyone in.
    and why wasn’t Wheaton getting on the field. He’s a deep threat they have to respect.

  • Mkeller

    I was thinking he doesn’t get mentioned because he didn’t drat the (2) tackles or pick the RBs. He’s working with what he has.

  • Mkeller

    Its comical. God forbid you look at that backfield, scratch your head and wonder aloud as to what the hell they were thinking.

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