Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell Will Not Require Surgery

Aug 22, 2013 2:44 PM EST

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie RB Le’Veon Bell’s mid-foot sprain will not require surgery, according to the Pittsburgh Steelers. While it was initially reported to be a Lisfranc injury, regardless of the severity, Bell is expected to be out at least six weeks.

The injury occurred during Monday night’s preseason loss to the Washington Redskins. Head coach Mike Tomlin says Bell is responding well to treatment and the team is encouraged by his progress. Echoing similar sentiments, Bell reached out to fans on Instagram, reassuring Steelers nation, “I’ll be back quicker than ppl know it…God doesn’t make mistakes!”

The Steelers will start the season without their explosive second-round pick out of Michigan State, who had a strong shot at starting the season at the top of the Steelers depth chart. Injuries played a big role for Steelers running backs last season with Mendenhall, forcing the team to go with a committee of Jonathan Dwyer and Issac Redman. With Mendenhall and Stephens-Howling switching jerseys in the offseason, the Steelers will once again look to a combination of Dwyer, Redman and Stephens-Howling while Bell recovers.