Injured Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell hopes to play by week 2 of the regular season. The second-round pick is currently out with a foot injury, but is targeting an early return to secure the starting spot at tailback.
Bell’s foot issue was initially believed to be the dreaded Lisfranc injury, leaving him with a 2-month recovery period before a return to action. However, reports have surfaced that Bell has seen positive test results and enough progress to lead him to believe that he could be back for week 2.
“I’m going to try to be back for week 2, but I’m not making promises,” Bell stated.
The Steelers running back discrepancy has been very confusing and the battle for the starting back has become more complicated as the regular season rapidly approaches. The candidates for the position did include Le’Veon Bell, Jonathan Dwyer, and Isaac Redman. Then Dwyer was unexpectedly released, and new contender in RB Felix Jones was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles. Now it seems that Redman will start in Bell’s absence and will be backed up by Jones.
Even though Bell has solidified the starting role for now, Redman will be hot on his heels all season. Redman is determined to play well enough to stop his coaches from “wanting to put in anyone else.” Taking Le’Veon Bell in standard fantasy formats could be very risky until his health issues are well behind him.