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Steelers Running Back Le'Veon Bell Could Need Surgery For Possible Lisfranc Injury

The Steelers were dealt a big blow on Wednesday with the news that their rookie running back, Le'Veon Bell, could miss significant time with what is believed to be a Lisfranc foot injury.

Gregory Shamus

It appears that bad luck has struck yet another recent draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to multiple sources around the NFL., rookie running back Le'Veon Bell has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury of the foot. It's unclear if he will need surgery or not to fix the problem, but it sounds as if the recovery timetable will be anywhere from six to ten weeks.

If Bell is to miss an extended period of time as it is currently expected, a slew of running backs will step up in his place. Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling will all vie for playing time. This is a big blow to Mike Tomlin's squad though, as he has been attempting to revamp the team's running game by adding Bell via the second round and various other offensive linemen the past couple of years.

What exactly is a Lisfranc injury of the foot? The website for Medical Dictionary defines it as "a fracture dislocation of the foot in which one or all of the proximal metatarsals are displaced". The injury is named after the 19th century French surgeon, Jacques Lisfranc.

The Steelers have had some tough luck with high draft picks of late. Aside from Bell, last year's first round selection, David DeCastro, missed most of his rookie season with a knee injury. Their 2012 fourth round pick, defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu was waived by the team after he led police on a chase, but was re-signed by the club just a few days later.