On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers’got a shock when Le’Veon Bell, their running back, injured his right knee. Despite the setback to the star running back, the team managed to win the match against the Cincinnati Bengals with a 27-17 victory. It not only won the AFC North title, but also earned a place in the 1st round of the playoffs against the Ravens.
How did the running back get injured?
According to Mike Tomlin, Coach for thePittsburgh Steelers, the team had just completed 11-5 and secured a place in the playoffs,when Bell hyperextended his right knee.During the 19-yard catch, Bell was seen clutching his injured right knee following a tackle by Reggie Nelson of the Cincinnati Bengals. There was total silence on the field as Bell remained in that position for a few minutes before going off the ground.
Both teams agree it was a “legal play”
Commenting on the unexpected hit which both the teams have described as a “legal play”, Mike Mitchell, the free safety for the Steelers said, “I don’t think that was a dirty play. Obviously, it was extremely unfortunate. No one wants to see Le’Veon get hit on the knee when he’s not looking, but that’s the NFL that we play in today…”
The big question is – can he play in the match against Baltimore Ravens?
Though his injury is not being hailed as a serious one, Bell’s right knee was wrapped in a compress as he was being taken to the players’ parking area.Additionally, he was also not seen carrying any brace or crutches after the incident. It is still not known whether the 2014 MVP for the Steelers will be fit enough to play against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC gamewild-card round.The other two running backs on the Pittsburg team are Josh Harris and Dri Archer,who are still rookies.