Le’Veon Bell Wants to Play Monday Night

Rough day for the Steelers running backs. Isaac Redman got Deebo-ed by Larry Foote, and Le’Veon Bell aggravated a knee injury that kept him out of last week’s Giants game.

But the rookie second-rounder, who very well could be the Steelers’ starter when the games actually count, says a) he’s okay and b) he wants to play against the Redskins on Monday night.

“It’s not too bad. It’s nothing too major,” Bell said Friday, according to Steelers.com.  “I don’t know the length or period of time, but it’s not as bad as everybody thinks it is. … (Mike Tomlin) is going to do what is best for me (for the MNF game). I have to stand behind that, be supportive, more forward and try to progress.”

Any success the Steelers have in 2013 starts with a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. But the running game was a mess a season ago, and Bell looks address a lot of the needs that Redman and Dwyer couldn’t. He has experience in a zone-blocking scheme, he’s not just a steamroller, but he can also make people miss, and Todd Haley sounds legitimately excited about Bell’s pass-catching ability.

It would be nice to see Bell Monday night. Then again, the only thing anybody remembers about preseason games are the injuries. No need to rush him back until he’s healthy.

In other personnel news, the Steelers signed running back Jeremy Wright (5-11, 205), an undrafted free agent out of Louisville who rushed for 824 yards (3.9 YPC) and 10 touchdowns last season. He also had 41 receptions. Wright originally signed with the Giants after the 2013 NFL Draft.

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  • countertorque

    Sit. If he can’t get through a practice without aggravating it, he shouldn’t be in a meaningless game. Improving his timing at game speed is worthless if he can’t play on week 1.

  • Rob D

    As long as Bell is 100% healthy, I hope he plays. Anything less..I agree with countertorque..sit him down. I think he’s already won the No. 1 spot..preseason is for battles that havent’ been won yet, IMO. Let’s see what else we have as we continue the transition to a primarily zone blocking running scheme.

    (I know..its only preseason, but the buzz around Wheaton is getting loud. I don’t expect him to have a monster year, but he’l contribute. Seems to be that kind of youngster who already has the professional air about him. He’ s impressing the vets, that’s for sure)