Steelers Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell Hopes To Be Ready To Play By Week Two

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has ditched the walking boot on his sprained foot and said Monday that he thinks he’ll be back on the field a lot sooner than many people expect.

“It feels good to have the boot off – just walking around in regular shoes,” said Bell. “It feels good to jog and all types of things. I’m going to try to get better, let my foot get back to a full hundred.”

As far as when Bell thinks he might be ready to play again, he told Scott Brown of ESPN that he is targeting the second game of the season, but also added that he won’t return until he is fully recovered.

This certainly is encouraging news, but a return date has not been not set in stone just yet. Bell told reporters that he can only jog right now, so he will still have to start running and cutting before he’ll be allowed to practice and play.

Bell sprained his foot in the second preseason game against the Washington Redskins, but at least it did not require surgery.

Head coach Mike Tomlin will hold his first regular season press conference on Tuesday, so perhaps he will be asked to give a progress report of sorts on the Steelers second-round draft pick.

For now, expect Bell to sit out the Sunday preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans and from that point forward you might as well consider his status as being week-to-week.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    God i hope so

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  • Jason White

    If he can return even by the 3rd game I take it as a positive in terms of his ability to recover. But I agree he shouldn’t return till he is 100% because his talents are needed for the long haul and he can finally shut up the doubters who say he isn’t that good and that he is injury prone.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    If I’m Tomlin, there’s no way I play him week 2. I don’t care how good Bell thinks he feels. You don’t press your feature RB into action coming off a lis franc injury. Let him rest and light rehab through the bye week. See ya week 6.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Exactly…I thought they rushed him back in that Washington game.

  • cencalsteeler

    We might be able to get by without him against the Titans. But, he sure would be welcomed by me for week 2 against Cincy. if he’s cleared. I would take extra precaution and possibly have him wear an ankle brace and have the trainer double tape his ankles, though.

  • steeltown

    Good because Redman might be hurt by then.. kidding haha… kinda

  • Steve

    This is very good news.

  • JPDQ

    Well, you know, the “standard is the standard.” Unless you’re $100 million franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger. Then you play no matter how badly you’re injured.

  • Mike.H

    I’ve been “down arrowed” by this comment before but seems like skilled players ought to wear “steel plated” run-shoes to guard from lefranc injuries…??

  • Douglas Andrews

    That’s why i was hoping Dwyer would make the cut and not Red. Just alitte Redman hating…but dude is injury prone for a big fella!

  • Douglas Andrews

    No need to rush him back. Gonna need him for the season because i’m not sure Red will hold up.

  • steeltown

    Ha! He’s really not, it just seems that way.. like he always has a bum ankle or a stinger or something, but he hasnt missed many regular season games

  • Jason White

    To be honest I swear since they went with the Nike gear these Lisfranc injuries spread like wildfire.

  • cencalsteeler

    Steel plated shoes are a little crazy if you ask me, but I see where your going. With Lisfranc injuries (mid ankle sprain or tear), they do offer a boot. It’s similar to a soccer shin guard, but is as tall as a high top shoe. The sides are of hardened plastic and help limit the mobility of the ankle.

  • Nolrog

    I don’t see him coming back until the week after the bye.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Yeah if we look back at the number of games he’s missed ur probably right. I think it’s just when we needed him to step up he was hurt like last year when he and Dwyer were both hurt at a time when we could have used some big time production.