On Super Bowl Sunday, a small Steelers’ status update. Say that ten times fast.
Le’Veon Bell has still not been cleared to run after tearing his MCL, according to ESPN and Steelers’ beat writer Jeremy Fowler.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't been cleared to start running yet. "Once I get cleared to run, I'll be happy,"… https://t.co/yZyMX8koQx
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 6, 2016
“I just want to get back to how I am and get ready for next season,” Bell told Fowler in the blurb above.
Bell was injured in the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals on a Vontaze Burfict tackle. Though there was initial optimism after the injury, we were able to find out Bell’s MCL was injured seriously enough to hold him out for the rest of the year. He was placed on injured reserve the next day.
Bell turns 24 in just over a week. He is entering the final year of his contract, scheduled to earn just a $966,900 base salary and a $1.31 cap number overall. He is the 33rd highest paid running back in the league, per the data over at Over The Cap.
Art Rooney II recently came out and said he believes Bell will be here for the “long haul.” Our Dave Bryan, who is usually on the money with these projections, worked out a five year – four year extension – deal worth $42 million back in January.