After an 0-2 start to the season that has seen the Pittsburgh Steelers score a mere 19 points, Mike Tomlin’s team will take any good news that it can get right now.
That news could come in the form of rookie running back Le’Veon Bell.
The long-awaited NFL debut of the second-round pick from Michigan State could be getting close as Bell could be working in practice this week after missing several weeks with a Lisfranc injury, Tomlin has reported to the team website.
The news of Bell returning to practice is a bit of fresh air for the Steelers, even though there is no timetable yet on when he could potentially be ready to play as it was reported last week that Bell could be out another month still.
Tomlin claimed that Bell will at least do some individual work in practice “and maybe more,” which is a good step in the right direction.
The Steelers have struggled to run the ball without Bell in a big way.
They have just 75 yards rushing in 31 attempts for a meager 2.4 average, which ranks them next to last in the NFL as only the New York Giants (73 yards, 2.2 ypc) have been worse.
Who knows how long it will take Bell to get ready, but it is clear that he will get every opportunity to be the Steelers featured back as the likes of Isaac Redman, Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer just aren’t getting the job done.