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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell could have surgery on injured groin this offseason

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The groin injury Le’Veon Bell sustained towards the end of 2016 could force him to have offseason surgery.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has had his share of injuries since entering the NFL.

In 2013, his rookie season, he had a foot injury, followed by a hyper-extended knee injury which ended his 2014 season in Week 17, torn ligaments in his knee midway through 2015 cut his season short and a groin injury he had been nursing in the back quarter of the season forced him out of the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.

As it turns out, almost two weeks after the team’s loss to New England, Bell might require offseason surgery to repair the groin, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette.

As reported, Bell has already seen two specialists, but is going to seek the advice of a third specialist. Although many just push off offseason surgery, any time an athlete goes under the knife, bad things can happen.

Just ask Maurkice Pouncey. In 2015, when he broke his ankle in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, he should have been able to return to the team as the lone injured reserve/designated to return player; however, he experienced multiple infections causing him to have over seven surgeries to clear out the infection.

Bell may need to have surgery, but we all hope if he does need to go under the knife it is a smooth process and a quick recovery.