Landover, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Pittsburgh Steelers veteran safety Ryan Clark advised rookie Le’Veon Bell to make sure he was healthy before he returns to action.
Bell will probably be out six weeks with a Lisfranc injury on his right foot suffered Monday night in a 24-13 loss to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.
Clark has stressed to Bell, who has been one of the stars of training camp, to keep his eye on the big picture.
“I told him, ‘I understand that you want to prove to us that you’re tough, that you want to prove to us that you’re durable, that you’re willing to go out and do whatever it takes to help us, but also understand that we’re not going to win the Super Bowl this week. We weren’t going to win it last week,’” said Clark, one of the team leaders.
The 6-foot-1, 244-pounder is a co-starter on the Steelers’ depth chart with Isaac Redman and expected to play a big role in the running game this season.
The team’s 48th overall pick in April, Bell had been hampered by a knee injury earlier in the preseason and missed the Steelers’ first preseason game.
“He’s proven to me that he wants to be out there, that he wants to try to fight through injury. Now he needs to get himself healthy,” Clark emphasized.
Redman said he plans on peppering Bell with questions during practice to make sure the rookie doesn’t lose focus.
Bell had an MRI taken Tuesday, but the Steelers are still waiting for a second medical opinion.
Coach Mike Tomlin said that the Steelers should have a final diagnosis “over the next couple of days.”