The Steelers' acquisition of Felix Jones becomes more understood and necessary by the hour. We already know running back Le'Veon Bell has a right foot injury, but it's been difficult to know what the true story is with his health. The latest report comes from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He wrote Friday that Bell doesn't have a Lisfranc sprain or fracture, but rather a small ligament tear in that foot and "could be out up to six weeks."
Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling is also banged up with a mild MCL sprain and may miss the rest of the preseason.
I wouldn't treat that Bell timetable as gospel. As much as that story has changed over the past couple of days, I wouldn't be surprised if Bell misses half of the season or more. And he certainly isn't guaranteed to start whenever he returns. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are the top two players on this depth chart once again, and I couldn't be less enthused.
A lot of players are nursing minor injuries right now and have been ruled out for the rest of the preseason because, well, it's the preseason. But a mild MCL sprain would cause most running backs to miss at least a couple of weeks, no matter what the calendar says. LSH, a valuable special-teams player and third-down option, was low on the Steelers' RB pecking order even after Bell got hurt.