Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell suffered a groin injury in Jan. 22's AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots, according to Burt Lauten, the Steelers' director of communications. He did not return to the contest and may need to undergo surgery.
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Bell Considering Surgery
Wednesday, Feb. 1
"I'm kind of in the process of seeing a couple of doctors, seeing if I have to get surgery or not," Bell said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Wednesday, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra. "I'm hoping for the best, but I understand it's a tough game. If I don't get surgery, I go into the rehab process, work hard, get back to how I was last year, or actually, better. I'm going to take it from there."
Bell later told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he has seen two specialists and will see a third.
NFL to Look into Steelers' Reporting on Bell's Injury
Friday, Jan. 27
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the NFL is looking into whether or not the Steelers properly listed Bell's groin injury on their injury report ahead of the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.
Tomlin Comments on Bell's Injury
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Bell Bounced Back from Injury in 2016
Bell quickly emerged as one of the league's most dynamic playmakers after the Steelers grabbed him in the second round of the 2013 draft. He's a crucial piece of the team's success alongside the passing-game combo of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, as he put up 1,884 total yards in 2016.
Injuries have been a periodic problem throughout his career, though.
DeAngelo Williams is a capable replacement, but it is impossible to replace Bell. Ultimately, the Steelers lost 36-17 and were unable to get their ground game going against the Patriots, rushing for just 54 yards on 20 carries.
With the Steelers eliminated, Bell has a busy offseason ahead of him, as he'll be focused on getting back to 100 percent health and negotiating a new contract.