In what has to be disappointing news for the Pittsburgh Steelers, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell will miss the next six to eight weeks with an injury. Rotoworld reported on Aug. 21 that Bell has a Lisfranc injury and will heal without surgery, but won’t be back until October.
The Lisfranc injury is a foot injury where one or more of the metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus. The Lisfranc injury ended the seasons for Santonio Holmes and Cedric Benson in 2012. A year later and Holmes still hasn’t returned to 100-percent.
Right now, the thought it that Bell could be back by week five, but a Lisfranc injury is one that can linger. There is a chance he could end up on the new IR/Designated to Return list, which would see him back by week nine. This completely ruins the Pittsburgh chance at rebuilding their backfield.
In 2012, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall split carried through the season and none of the runners stepped up and proved to be the man that could lead the backfield. Mendenhall is now with the Arizona Cardinals while former Cards running back LaRod Stephens-Howling is with Pittsburgh.
Despite having Stephens-Howling, Redman and Dwyer, the Pittsburgh Steelers still spent their second round draft on Le’Veon Bell to be their new starting running back. However, he only carried the ball four times for nine yards before getting injured.