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.