Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis Says He's 'Fearful' Mike Wallace Will Suffer Injury Early This Season

Sep 21, 2003; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis (36) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers beat the Bengals 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis recently joined Spirit of the Players (SOTL), an NFLPA partner company with the a stated goal, "to serve and honor the players, past and present, of the National Football League."

In Bettis's first blog entry, he perhaps dishonored the 2012 Steelers, and questioned the strength of WR Mike Wallace's hamstring.

In the section of his blog labeled "My Pittsburgh Steelers Have Me Worried," Bettis touched on problems he has with the Steelers' running game (based on the preseason) and the general ability of the offense.

The most prominent piece, though, was his thoughts on Wallace's hamstring due to Wallace missing all of training camp and the preseason.

With Mike Wallace finally reporting I expect him to jump right back onto the field as soon as possible, because that's what the Steelers need him to do, but I don't think that's the best scenario. With a speed guy like that who hasn't had any camp the odds of him pulling a hamstring are really great. There's a difference between running in training and running in game conditions. In game situations, you have to go out there and start and stop, make cuts, and you can't duplicate those on-field demands during training. I'm fearful he's going to come in and be injured early in the season and leave that offense in even more trouble.

It's certainly a viable concern, and one we've previously mentioned here. There really isn't much anyone, including Wallace, can do about it now, except stay flexible and try not to overdo it.

Speaking of overdoing it, Bettis also weighs in on Tim Tebow and Notre Dame.


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