Le’Veon Bell said he can’t remember the hit against the Baltimore Ravens that sent his helmet flying and left with with a concussion.
Bell was briefly knocked unconscious on the play, which took place in the team’s 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. Bell had cross the goal line, but the touchdown was reversed because his helmet came off during the play.
Afterward, Le’Veon Bell said he had no recollection of the sequence.
“I don’t remember the exact play,” Bell said, per the team’s official website. “I didn’t remember it when it first happened. Once I came off the field I didn’t really know I had scored. Then they told me I did; then they told me it wasn’t a touchdown. I wasn’t aware of what was going on at the time because I got hit. I can’t really remember what happened.”
Despite the injury, Le’Veon Bell said he still hopes to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The game could have important playoff implications, with the 5-7 Steelers one game back of a playoff spot and still behind the Dolphins.
Bell ran a bit on Monday to test how he felt.
“I feel good. I felt like I started to feel better the next day,” Bell said. “After the hit I was out of it a little bit, but the next day I woke up and was feeling better and have felt progressively better each day.”
Losing Bell could hurt the Steelers, who have the 30th-ranked rushing offense in the league. The rookie running back is the team’s leading rusher, with 528 yards on 159 caries.
Le’Veon Bell still has to go through the league’s post-concussion protocol before he can be cleared to play.