When Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell left the AFC Championship Game early with a groin injury, it was undoubtedly a huge blow to the Steelers' offense. He had apparently been dealing with the injury prior to last night.
“I’m not really sure what caused it,” Bell said following the game. “Just over the course of time, I’ve been hurting. So today was kind of like when it broke the camel’s back, you know? I haven’t been really telling people how I really felt. Came into the game today and really let my teammates down because I couldn’t go. I’ve been out there fighting through, fighting through and I couldn’t go today, so it sucked.”
Bell only played one snap in the third quarter before sitting out the rest of the game. He was seen on multiple occasions standing on the sideline with and without his helmet, which led to a lot of confusion as to whether or not he was going to come back in the game.
It was reminiscent of LaDainian Tomlinson getting injured in the 2007 AFC Championship early and not returning. Bell, like Tomlinson was at that time, is the best running back in the NFL and a multi-dimensional threat. So it's not hard to see why the Steelers struggled a bit to score.
But Bell promises to be back stronger next year. And at age 24, no one should expect anything less.
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