Bell was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday when the Steelers lost 18-15 to the New York Giants. LaRod Stephens-Howling took the glory, rushing seven times for 40 yards in the loss.
Bell's debut was highly anticipated to begin with, and it having been delayed a week will only intensify the microscope under which the rookie is preparing for the season. A second-round pick from Michigan State, Bell is reportedly having an excellent training camp, and is the odds-on favorite to land the starting job when the season begins.
With Stephens-Howling - a free agent acquisition this offseason expected to provide a change-of-pace look and special teams productions to the Steelers this year - having gotten a good look, as well as Jonathan Dwyer and Baron Batch having received carries, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Bell and veteran Isaac Redman get the bulk of the carries against the Redskins.
Bell has a knee injury that isn't expected to be serious, but given the time of the year, making sure he's 100 percent before putting him on the field in a live situation may be the wiser course of action.
It would only delay his debut, and continue building his hype.
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