The Steelers dodged a bullet (just not a safety) in seeing the MRI results for injured running back Le'Veon Bell. The league's second-leading rusher does not have any ligament damage in his knee, meaning there is a possibility the team's MVP is able to play against Baltimore in the AFC Wild Card playoffs Saturday.
Bell was injured on a hit after a 19-yard completion in Pittsburgh's 27-17 win over the Bengals Sunday. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the game they believed it was a hyperextension, and those initial thoughts turned out to be the correct diagnosis.
Bell was contained fairly well by the Bengals to that point, but the damage he did against them in a Week 14 win was in the fourth quarter. Without Bell, the Steelers' offense quieted down a bit, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger having thrown his first interception of the Steelers' four-game winning streak just a few plays after Bell's departure.
There is little depth behind Bell on the depth chart. Rookies Josh Harris and Dri Archer filled in, but outside of Harris's 51-yard rush called back after a holding penalty, he ran for just eight yards. Archer had a catch for three yards.
MRI reveal no ligament damage for Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell
No significant damage for the Steelers' team MVP, leaving the door open for a return to the field against Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs.