FanPost

Don't jump off the Bell Bandwagon yet

The Steelers have been through this situation before. Even if Le'Veon Bell misses extended time because of his Lis Franc injury, it is not the end of the world for the Steelers running game or Bell's career.

Look back to 2008 when Rashard Mendenhall missed all but 4 games of his rookie season thanks to a shoulder injury caused by Ravens LB Ray Lewis (which may or may not have been a bounty taken out on the rookie RB). Mendenhall then went on to have a few above-average productive seasons for the Steelers before once again succumbing to the injury bug and suffered a Torn ACL against the Cleveland Browns in 2011.

While Mendenhall's career isn't necessarily the best comparison to Bell's as of now (and other, less optimistic people could take negatives from it and "foresee" doom for Bell), it points out the fact that Bell's injury isn't cause for panic, contrary to the immediate reactions following the news during Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins. I know people were/are expecting Bell to be the Franchise RB for the Steelers and he could still be that guy. All I am asking is for some of you to have a little patience. It IS only Preseason after all. You need to take whatever happens right now with a grain of salt.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker