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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Has Lisfranc Injury

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Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Le’Veon Bell, rookie running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. The injury occurred early on during the team’s preseason matchup against the Washington Redskins.

Bell was initially diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, but the team got a second opinion on his foot, which revealed that it was much worse than they had hoped. Pittsburgh is hoping that he doesn’t require surgery, but they are going to do their due diligence and check the foot again before they make a decision.

Regardless of whether or not he gets surgery, Bell has no timetable for a return. He’s expected to be out for a minimum of four to six weeks.

The bruiser out of Michigan State was expected to spearhead the team’s rushing attack with the departure of Rashard Mendenhall. There was plenty of training camp buzz around their second-round pick, and he was expected to be the team’s workhorse at tailback.

Now, Pittsburgh will likely have to rely on a mix of Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and La’Rod Stephens-Howling to carry the load in the interim.