Le’Veon Bell’s injury history continues its ascent
- Updated: August 20, 2013
Le’Veon Bell has been so impressive in camp that he was promoted last week directly from 5th string to co-starter with Isaac Redman. Bell then followed up the promotion by taking his first four carries as a Steeler for a total of 9 yards. If only the story stopped there.
Bell then exited the game and the team announced he would not be returning due to a right foot injury. This is just the latest injury to plague Bell”s preseason as he also missed the last preseason game and multiple practices with a left knee injury.
We like Le’Veon Bell as a fantasy starter because, when you look at the rest of the backfield in Pittsburgh, the Steelers lack a back with the talent to be an every down guy. He’s got a lot of opportunity to go with quite a few question marks. Players like Bell are why owners should take their top two backs in the first three rounds. Despite the injuries, Bell is coming off a season at Michigan State where he had a whopping 382 carries. This leads FBI to believe that he can take the pummeling that comes with being a starting NFL RB. Until that durability surfaces though, consider us concerned.
Update: Right on cue, Jonathon Dwyer went ahead and fumbled just after Bell’s exit. Rule #1 for running backs: don’t fumble the one time you get an opportunity to prove your skills.
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