Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell undergoes surgery to fix groin injury

The running back reportedly aggravated his groin in the AFC Championship Game in January, which led to him being benched during the Steelers' loss to the New England Patriots, who went on to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in a thrilling Super Bowl. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be as an injury derailed his historic postseason.

Le'Veon Bell is seven years removed from his time as a high school senior in OH, but the Pittsburgh Steelers' star running back may soon be attending prom all over again. With the 2017 season approaching, the Steelers star took his first step towards getting healthy for the upcoming season. Bell told ESPN that he'll be ready for the Steelers' offseason workouts. Bell wasn't listed on the injury report during the playoffs, prompting the National Football League to evaluate whether the Steelers violated injury report protocol. He finished the game with 20 yards on six carries.

The Steelers used the franchise tag on Bell and are trying to sign him to a long-term deal. While there's nothing wrong with that, with nothing to gain for veteran players beyond injury risk in meaningless pad-less practices, it also likely explains a fairly lengthy delay in Bell's decision to have surgery.

So, the Steelers didn't invest up to $15 million a season for the next few years on Bell.

  • Ernesto Newman