Le'Veon Bell Has Badly Torn MCL, Crippling Pittsburgh Steelers' Season
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Le'Veon Bell Has Badly Torn MCL, Crippling Pittsburgh Steelers' Season

Pittsburgh Steelers all-pro running back Le'Veon Bell has officially been diagnosed with a torn MCL, an injury bad enough to likely keep him out for the season.

Connor Deitrich

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2015-2016 campaign will likely go down as one that was defined by injuries and suspensions. Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant each missed time to start the season due to suspensions. Ben Roethlisberger missed four-and-a-half games due to a knee injury. Ryan Shazier missed five games due to a shoulder injury and Stephon Tuitt missed two games (and counting) due to a knee injury. Now, Bell, the team's best player, will likely miss the rest of the season due to a "badly" torn MCL, according to Steelers Depot.

Coming into week eight, Bell was leading the AFC in rushing yards, even though he missed the first two games of the season. He is without a doubt the most important piece to the offense. Thankfully, the Steelers have a great backup in DeAngelo Williams, a player who could start on a lot of NFL teams. Still, Bell is the best running back in the league, and his absence will definitely be felt. 

At this point in time, Jordan Todman, who performed well against the Steelers in the preseason, is the backup to Williams. However, according to Adam Schefter, former Rams running back Isaiah Pead is on his way to Pittsburgh ready for a workout. This confirms that Dri Archer has no future with the Steelers as a running back, only a kick returner.

Schefter also said that Bell will be re-evaluated on Monday, but season-ending IR is the likely destination for the star running back. This means that Bell would not be allowed to play in the postseason, if Pittsburgh can manage to scrap their way in without him. That probably wouldn't matter, as Bell suffered damage additonal to the MCL tear, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Bell probably wouldn't be ready for the postseason anyway.

Unless Bell's re-evaluation reveals less damage than expected, Bell will have only played three full quarters with Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown this year. The Steelers' season may have come to an end before we ever got a chance to see them get started.