The Pittsburgh Steelers, and their fans, were holding their collective breath as they watched their All Pro running back Le'Veon Bell writhing in pain after he was tackled by a host of Cincinnati Bengals and his leg awkwardly bent underneath him.
Although Bell left the stadium and was taken to have a MRI done, and the team is awaiting those results, early reports are the team is optimistic Bell's ACL was spared during the injury.
Per source, initial exam of Le'Veon Bell's knee has made team optimistic about status of ACL. They hope it's MCL injury only.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 1, 2015
The best-case scenario for Bell would be an injury to his MCL, an injury the organization and fan base are all too familiar with after Ben Roethlisberger suffered a similar diagnosis in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams.
For fans who want to draw a potential comparison between Bell and Roethlisberger's knee injury should keep a couple things in mind. First, there has been no official diagnosis on Bell's injury, and a running back coming from a MCL injury is certainly going to take longer to recover from than a quarterback.
For a running back who relies a great deal on jump cuts and lateral movement, you have to wonder how long it would take Bell to return if the diagnosis comes back with a MCL injury.
As for the Steelers, Bell and their fans across the globe, they hold out hope Bell's 2015 season isn't over after a gruesome injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game.