Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Timetable for Le'Veon Bell's return
By Brent Sobleski
UPDATE: The Pittsburgh Steelers received bad news today. Le'Veon Bell's sprained foot is reportedly worse than expected, and he will miss multiple games this season.
"Steelers believe Le'Veon Bell has Lisfranc injury they (are) hoping will not require surgery but won't be sure until he gets it double checked," Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com reported.
Matt Spaeth suffered a similar injury earlier in the preseason, but the difference between the two is Spaeth needed surgery. Spaeth is out eight to 10 weeks. Bell shouldn't be out as long.
"Doctors are projecting 6-8 week absence for Steelers rookie RB Le'Veon Bell with a Lisfranc injury. Hopeful rest will allow him to return," Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com tweeted.
Bell should return to the lineup in October according to the current timetable. Pittsburgh's Oct. 13 contest against the New York Jets, which takes place after the bye week, may be the perfect time for Bell's debut.
Le'Veon Bell's foot injury is problematic for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It won't simply be the Steelers' rushing attack which will be affected. The team's overall depth up and down the roster continues to take a hit.
"More than likely, the Steelers will have to carry three players on their 53-man roster who won’t be available to them for several weeks into the regular season," Gerry Dulac of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote. "Of course, that could change if the team gets a better diagnosis than feared about Bell, who is getting a second opinion.
"It doesn’t affect another player’s chances of making the roster. But it affects the number of players the Steelers will have available to them, perhaps for quite a few games."
One possibility to keep a roster spot available is to place tight end Matt Spaeth on the injured reserve designated to return. Dulac doesn't believe the team will do so, and it would rather save the designation for a player with a bigger impact on the roster.
Jonathan Dwyer will take over the bulk of the running game through the rest of the preseason (and maybe the regular season) with the injuries to Bell, Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling.