Roethlisberger Hopes Williams’ Return Results In Less Abuse For Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell certainly earned his keep in the team’s Sunday win over the Buffalo Bills as the former second-round draft pick touched the football a career-high 42 times during the game on his way to registering 298 yards from scrimmage. While several Steelers’ fans are concerned that Bell is being overused right now, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger weighed in with his thoughts on the topic during his Tuesday morning interview on 93.7 The Fan.

“If we don’t need to abuse his body, let’s not do it, but it’s that time of year where whatever it takes to win and I think he would tell you the same thing,” Roethlisberger said. “If he’s got to run it into the ground for us to win a Super Bowl, I think he’ll take that and we all will.

“But we’re all sacrificing something right now. The lineman, because the run game is just as violent on them. Whether LeVeon’s running up their back, or if they’re trying to drive defensive lineman into linebackers, I mean it’s as violent for the lineman as it is for anybody. So, right now at this time of year, we all do whatever it takes to win a football game.”

With it sounding like running back DeAngelo Williams might be close to returning to the field after missing the last several weeks due to a knee injury, perhaps he can go back to relieving Bell every now and again. Roethlisberger is looking forward to that potentially happening sooner rather than later.

“I hope so, because that means we can get Le’Veon off the field for a couple of plays and he doesn’t need to take all of that beating if we don’t have to,” Roethlisberger said. “We could use another guy that’s a veteran guy that has really stepped-up for us in the past. So, that would be nice for us to be able to use him.”

After practicing twice on a limited basis last week, it will now be interesting to see if Williams can increase his level of participation this coming week and ultimately play in the Steelers Sunday road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“DeAngelo Williams worked some last week and had some positive results of that work,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “He’s got a legitimate chance to participate this week. We’ll let his practice participation and the quality of that participation be our guide in terms of his game availability and role.”

Prior to needing one of his knees surgically repaired, Williams carried the football 75 times for 276 yards and three touchdowns. However, most of those carries came while Bell served his three-game suspension at the start of the regular season.

  • Patrick Donovan

    Wonder if Bell playing nearly every snap has any effect on him and why he hasn’t broke and big runs

  • PaeperCup

    It’s so hard not to run him all the time when he just makes something happen on every play he’s involved in. But yea, please, lets not burn him out before post season (if we make it)

  • Hypo Cycloid

    I’m not concerned about his carries. The RB’s of the past held up without sharing carries. Bell is highly conditioned. He didn’t look tired late against Buffalo. He is the best back we have. Use him. Besides, Bell is looking for that payday, so I don’t think he cares to lose any snaps. Remember what so many RB’s said in the past? That they get a rhythm going and only get stronger and better as the game goes on.

  • srdan

    I thought he looked tired late vs the bills. But I agree on the rest.

  • srdan

    Probably some. I also think people keeping safeties back for AB impacts long runs. Big runs happen when safeties miss tackles in the box.

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    He just broke a couple lol. Not to mention he has a couple pass plays that have gone big

  • Vic

    Maybe the coaches will consider using Fitzgerald Toussaint

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    They would have already done so if they ever were going to.

  • dany

    as do we Ben!

  • Tedium cha

    Please! I’ve been begging for this for two years it feels like. Deangelo Is a great back.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I just mentioned this in a previous post. It’s like ESP lately. Let’s not try to break Bell. I know he can handle it but……

  • Daniel

    rats are going to stack the box and double ab thats what they did last time need a #2 receiver

  • paltel

    I suppose the point of running him all the time is to insure the Steelers have a post season, but I get your drift and concerns.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The Steelers will have to protect their players from the hoodlums that where the orange & black onesies.

  • PaeperCup

    True, it will be on his shoulders

  • PaeperCup

    he looked as tired as most RBs look in the first half. I guess it’s all relative.

    There was one play that his knee was all bent under him all weird. Added carriers = higher chance of injury, I’m probably more concerned about that.

  • Taylor Williams

    That #2 was supposed to be Bryant or Green. Coates has potential, I’d rather have DHB.

  • Trey

    I bet Tomlin was saving RB DeAngelo Williams and WR Sammie Coates for this very reason. Saving them to play the Bengals or at least that is what I am hoping. If Williams and Coates come in on Sunday and have a great game for us on Sunday I will than give Tomlin another game ball for being a great Master mind.

  • It only takes one play to get injured, it doesn’t matter if it’s the first snap of the game or the 50th. It also doesn’t matter if he’s carrying the ball or pass blocking.

    Getting off your couch has a high risk of injury too, but that doesn’t stop you from your daily routine.

    Run him, run him, run him. He’s a big reason for our success and limiting his touches may limit our success.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Roethlisberger has been doing a lot of talking lately. Hey Ben quit throwing pics in the red zone then Bell won’t have to bail you out. Cincinnati usually is a death wish for Ben, with his poor play and pics.

    go steelers

  • Big White

    Will we ever see them in the same set?? It was a hot topic during camp.

  • Mark

    “Pay da man his money” – I hope he sits out and doesn’t play under the franchise tag and get’s his $12 – $15 mln a year, which he deserves.