It's not a good start to an NFL career for former Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell. He left school a year early and the Pittsburgh Steelers made him a second round draft pick back in April. The Steelers have liked what they've seen of Bell in training camp. But who knows if and when he'll ever get a chance, especially his rookie season, to play meaningful minutes. Bell had injury issues in high school and he has them again now.
He made his NFL debut Monday against the Washington Redskins after having foot issues during training camp. He carried four times for nine yards and then left the game with another foot ailment. In a couple of days of diagnosis, the Steelers have discovered Bell has Lisfranc foot issues, meaning he will be sidelined approximately six weeks. If all goes well he may miss the first four games and who knows if the Steelers will have a hot back by then whom they want to use on a regular basis. Injuries are central to all NFL players and some get luckier than others but Bell clearly is not off to the start he envisioned.