Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell gives Steelers fans a reason to exhale today. The second round pick along with co-starter Isaac Redman (stinger) were both participants in practice on Friday but on a limited basis. Bell told Teresa Varley of Steelers.com that the injury is not as bad as everyone thinks.
“It’s not too bad. It’s nothing too major,” said Bell. “I don’t know the length or period of time, but it’s not as bad as everybody thinks it is.”
Bell aggravated the same knee that kept him from playing in the first preseason game against the New York Giants. Bell says the injury happened by him landing awkwardly.
“I remember running the ball, I slowed down and got hit, guys are strong and big out here and they knocked me off balance and I fell awkwardly on my leg,” said Bell. “It’s something that happens, but I don’t usually fall on it. But when I fell, I fell awkwardly.”
With the injuries to Bell and Redman, the Steelers signed former Louisville running back Jeremy Wright who was recently released from the New York Giants. Bell also said that he would like to play Monday against the Washington Redskins, but he is not making any promises. He knows that head coach Mike Tomlin will make the best decision for him.