Le’Veon Bell was examined for a concussion after a jarring hit sent him out of his team’s Thanksgiving night contest.
Bell was hurt while diving for an apparent touchdown late in the game with his team trailing 22-14. He lost his helmet while diving toward the goal line in a play that was initially called a touchdown but later overturned.
Le’Veon immediately left for the locker room for a concussion examination.
The Steelers would go on to score again but could not connect on the two-point conversion, losing the contest 22-20 and dropping back in the playoff race. At 5-7, the Steelers would have to win out for a chance of earning the final Wild Card slot in the AFC.
Losing Bell could be a blow to the Steelers, who already have the 30th-ranked rushing offense in the NFL. The second-round pick is the team’s leading rusher, with 528 yards on 159 caries.
Le’Veon Bell has already avoided what could have been a potentially season-ending injury. In the team’s preseason contest against the Washington Redskins, the rookie running back suffered what at first was feared to be a Lisfranc injury but turned out to be a severe foot sprain.
A Lisfranc injury occurs when one of the metatarsal bones that make up the foot becomes displaced from the tarsus. The injury is seen when there is an excessive force either directly or indirectly to the midfoot, and is typically seen only in car accidents or industrial accidents.
Football players who suffer Lisfranc injuries usually end up missing significant playing time. In the past, wide receiver Santonio Holmes, running back Cedric Benson, and quarterback Matt Schaub all lost multiple games from a Lisfranc injury.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not yet given an update on Le’Veon Bell or his status for next week.