When did Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell injure his groin, and did the Steelers do wrong by the fans (and when I say that, I mean the Vegas betting lines) by not listing him on the injury report in the weeks prior to Pittsburgh’s 36-17 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game?
Bell tweaked his groin injury early in the game and consequently only carried six times for a mere 20 yards.
I say “tweaked,” because Bell has since acknowledged that he injured his groin prior to the Patriots game and aggravated it during the contest.
Whether or not the Steelers, who are being investigated by the league for their handling of the Bell injury, are punished remains to be seen.
What also remains to be seen is the method Bell will use to heal his groin injury. As he told the NFL Network on Wednesday, one such method, prescribed by one doctor, could be rehabilitation. However, another method, recommended by a second doctor, could be surgical reparation.
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“I’m kind of in the process of seeing a couple of doctors,” Bell told the NFL Network in a quote courtesy of Pro Football Talk. “I’m hoping for the best, but I understand it’s a tough game. If I don’t get surgery, I go into the rehab process, work hard, get back to where I was last year. Actually, better. I’m going to take it from there.”
Bell played in only five games in 2015, after missing the first two weeks due to a drug suspension and the last eight after tearing his MCL and PCL against the Bengals at Heinz Field. But after, again, serving a drug-related suspension to start the 2016 campaign, Bell rushed for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns in just 12 weeks and was the main catalyst of Pittsburgh’s nine-game winning-streak that stretched into the AFC title game.
In back-to-back postseason victories in the wildcard and divisional round, Bell set and then broke the Steelers’ single-game playoff rushing mark, by totaling 167 yards against the Dolphins and 170 yards against the Chiefs.
Bell, who was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, will be an unrestricted free-agent in March, unless he and the team can reach a long-term deal.
However, the general feeling is that Bell will get the franchise tag and be around for 2017, regardless of which method he uses to treat his injured groin.