Le’Veon Bell has been the workhorse for the Steelers in the postseason, rushing for over 230 combined yards in the team’s first two playoff games.
Early in the AFC Championship, Bell found himself on the sidelines.
The Steelers RB, who has missed the previous two playoff runs with knee injuries, had his helmet off on the sidelines while being examined by trainers. DeAngelo Williams took over at running back.
Bell has been praised for his unique running style this season, but the Steelers have worked hard to keep Bell on the field. He’s been suspended twice for off-field activities, and had two seasons cut short by injuries.
The injury seemed to occur in the first quarter, when Bell’s legs were tangled amongst the bodies on an inside run. Bell was favoring his left side on the sidelines, testing it out and trying to get back onto the field.
Bell has been a monster in the second half of the season, and has totaled over 100 rushing yards in seven of his last eight outings. He finished the season with over 1,800 yards from scrimmage.
With the Steelers down early, Bell was eager to get back into the game. He tried to get back into the action, but spent the second half on the bench. DeAngelo Williams finished with 14 carries for 34 yards and a TD.