Le’Veon Bell injured during Steelers practice
Mike Tomlin downplayed Le’Veon Bell’s hamstring injury that drove him off the practice field today, but it carried with it a sense of deja vu with the second-year running back.
Bell left the practice field at Saint Vincent College last Aug. 3 with a bruised knee and missed the first preseason game. He played in the second but then left with a sprained foot that wiped out the rest of the preseason for him along with the first three games of the regular seasson.
The last thing the Steelers’ young but potentially exciting offense needs is to lose Bell, a running back they plan to build all kinds of things around, including the no-huddle offense.
It took just two practices without pads for Bell to leave this time. He walked off without limping along with a trainer to the locker room in the middle of practice today.
“Tightness in the hamstring,’’ Mike Tomlin called it. “We’ll get that evaluated.”
It took Bell several games to get into the flow after he returned last season for the fourth game, but once he did, he was dynamic. His 1,259 yards combined rushing and receiving were the most by a Steelers rookie running back. His 45 receptions were the most by a Steelers back in 19 years.
Tomlin outlined a few other minor injuries and confirmed a major one: Offensive lineman David Snow has a broken foot that will require surgery.
Rookie wide receiver Martavious Bryant has a groin injury and Martavious Bryant groin. Rookie wide receiver C.J. Goodwin of California University of Pa. has a shoulder injury.
“Don’t know how much time those guys will miss, if any,’’ Tomlin said of what he called the bumps and bruises injuries, including Bell’s. “Just kind of necessary things that go along with this time of year.’’
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