It’s tough to see so much of the NFL’s top talent going down with season ending injuries, but we’re all hopeful for speedy recoveries.
Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell will miss the remainder of this season after injuring his MCL and PCL.
According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday during his weekly news conference that Bell’s ACL in his right knee was spared and he should be back for the season opener.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday during his weekly news conference that Bell’s ACL in his right knee was spared during a second-quarter tackle by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict that injured Bell’s MCL and PCL.
An ACL tear typically takes a full year to recover while some have returned sooner. Former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall came back in nine months in 2012.
An MCL tear also can take up to a year to heal, but a more realistic time frame is 6-9 months.
“He should be ready,” South Carolina-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Geier said of Bell for next year’s opener.
Tomlin said the Steelers haven’t determined when Bell will have his knee surgically repaired. Tomlin said Bell will have a discussion with the Steelers’ medical team to determine when the surgery will take place.
“They are not trying to figure out what to do, they just want to have a conference to discuss the options and set a timetable in which to do it,” Tomlin said.
The Steelers can’t replace a talent like Bell, but DeAngelo Williams should keep the ground game rolling.