Report: Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could miss another month

Rob Carr

Steelers rookie running back may not return until after Week 5 bye.

Dejan Kovacevic of the Tribune Review wrote Wednesday a source confirmed with him Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell has a Lisfranc injury, and the team is "hoping to have him return in about a month."

Bell's injury, which occured after carrying the ball four times in the Steelers' second preseason game, has been dubbed a mid-foot sprain by the team. He hasn't practiced since taking the injury in mid-August.

Bell was the Steelers' second round pick of this April's draft. His experience in zone running offense was expected to be the key ingredient to the Steelers' push for that style this season. The Steelers rushed for 32 yards on 15 carries in Week 1, and lost passing down RB LaRod Stephens-Howling to a torn ACL in that game.

The longer Bell is out, the harder it might be upon his return. The offense clearly has its work cut out for it after a dismal display against the Titans, but with hope remaining more time working together as a unit, the ship can be righted.

Bell had said he hoped to be back for the Steelers' Week 2 game against Cincinnati, but this report suggests that won't happen - although it never appeared likely anyway. Based on this information, it appears Bell is on a timeline to return for the Steelers' Week 6 game against the Jets.

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