Bell hobbled off the field during the 24-13 loss on Monday to the Washington Redskins with what was originally called a mid-foot sprain. Bell had just returned to practice last Friday after experiencing some knee stiffness that kept him out of the preseason opener.
It has now been announced that Bell has the dreaded Lisfranc injury, an injury we have been seeing more and more lately in the sports world. The second-round pick will miss at least the first month of the season, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL.com's Jason La Canfora. Doctors are hoping that he will be back to the field within 6-8 weeks, but if you follow this blog, and know anything about Lisfranc injuries, that time frame can often expand.
Wednesday the team issued a statement from coach Mike Timlin, stating: "Le'Veon had his MRI on Tuesday, and we are still awaiting final diagnosis and results of a second opinion. He will not participate this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs and I will provide an update once we have received the official results of his tests over the next couple of days."
Several hours later FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer tweeted, "Steelers believe Le'Veon Bell has Lisfranc injury... they are hoping [it] will not require surgery but won't be sure until he gets it double-checked."
Bell tweeted, "I'll be back quicker than ppl kno it... God doesn't make mistakes! Everything happens for a reason, so..."
Bell was a bright spot in the Steelers' inconsistent running game, which now looks very similar to what it looked like in 2012.
Reference: NFL.com and CBS Sports
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