During his talk with the media last week, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert indicated that no decision had been made regarding whether or not running back Le’Veon Bell would need offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia and that it was in his belief that rest could ultimately heal it.
On Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Twitter that Bell still hasn’t been scheduled for surgery and that a source has informed him that the running back would’ve had it by now if it were deemed necessary.
#Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell, who saw docs post-playoffs, hasn’t scheduled groin surgery, source said. Bell would’ve had it by now if necessary
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 22, 2017
Bell, who suffered through his groin injury during the playoffs, indicated during several interviews the week prior to Super Bowl LI taking place that he was scheduled to seek a third opinion on whether or not he would need surgery after the first two doctors he saw were split with their advice.
Bell, who was apparently in Los Angeles this past weekend to celebrate his 25th birthday, is on pace to receive the franchise tag from the Steelers by March 1. Once that formality occurs, the Steelers are expected to try and work out a long-term contract extension with the former second-round draft pick out of Michigan State.
Colbert is expected to meet the media again upon arriving in Indianapolis next week for the annual NFL scouting combine and perhaps at that time he’ll confirm Rapoport’s latest report on Bell.