Pittsburgh Steelers Worried Le’Veon Bell has Lisfranc Injury

Le'Veon Bell

Update: According to multiple sources, Bell will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks. 

According to the venerable Jay Glazer, the Pittsburgh Steelers believe rookie running back Le’Veon Bell suffered a Lisfranc injury against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. We had indicated immediately following the injury that the only cause for concern was the Lisfranc, which could derail Bell’s rookie season before it even gets started.

Glazer’s report indicates that the Steelers are hoping it won’t require surgery, “but won’t be sure until he gets it double checked.”

This is incredibly bad news for a team that had just named Bell its co-starter last week.

The rookie from Michigan State was going to be relied on to provide balance on offense, especially with Pittsburgh’s issues in pass protection in front of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

If Bell’s injury does require surgery, he’s more than likely going to miss the entire season. A realistic comparison would be New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, who suffered a Lisfranc injury against the San Francisco 49ers last September. There are still questions whether Holmes will be ready for Week 1, nearly a year after the injury.

Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman will share carries until Bell can return.

Free-agent running backs still on the market include: Chris “Beanie” Wells, Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee and Michael Turner.

It remains to be seen if Pittsburgh will look in that direction or rely on what it has on the team.

 

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Friday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.