Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell doesn't have Lisfranc injury; RB LaRod Stephens-Howling out for preseason
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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell doesn't have Lisfranc injury; RB LaRod Stephens-Howling out for preseason

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 @LS_H36 is also banged up with a mild MCL sprain and may miss the rest of the preseason.

Fantasy Analysis:

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 @ired33 and Jonathan Dwyer @JDwyer27 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.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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