Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin cannot have running back Le’Veon Bell back on the field soon enough.
Bell has been out since sustaining a Lisfranc injury in Pittsburgh’s second preseason game on August 19. Since then, Pittsburgh has unsuccessfully trotted out running backs Isaac Redman, Felix Jones, Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling in two games. Pittsburgh running game has produced 75 yards and no touchdowns, which is ranked 31st in the league (Giants are last with 73 yards).
The good news – for Steelers fans – is Tomlin said Bell would “ramp up his activity” during a press conference on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com. Bell is expected to take part in individual drills this week, but it is unlikely he will play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He may not return until Pittsburgh’s road game against the New York Jets on October 13.
Bell, a second-round pick this offseason, appears to be Pittsburgh only hope for a running game this year. The Steelers had only 44 rushing yards during a 20-10 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. Jones “led” Pittsburgh with 10 carries for 37 yards.
Even though Bell will be back in a few weeks, it probably is not soon enough for Tomlin.