It was shocking to hear Le’Veon Bell say earlier this week that he is “going to try to get back by week two,” considering his initial diagnosis put him out of action until Week 4 of the NFL‘s regular season. While many fantasy football owners are giddy over Bell’s possible return, the smarter owners have taken notice of the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ less-than-stellar offense and aren’t thrilled.
Week 1 was hard to watch for Pittsburgh fans as the Steelers were beaten in every phase of the game by an untalented Tennessee Titans team. However, the final score wasn’t what gave Bell owners cause for concern; instead, it’s the fact that Pittsburgh’s best offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey is now gone for the entire season with a torn MCL and ACL.
Pouncey has played three years in the NFL and all of them have ended with the center making his way to the Pro-Bowl. In addition, Pouncey allowed the Steelers to feature a more down-hill running attack, which also opened up the passing game for overrated quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
This devastating knee injury came less than four minutes into the game, which means the Steelers’ offensive line was forced to work on the fly for the entire game. Without its starting center, the Pittsburgh running game suffered as the Steelers’ leading rusher was Larod Stephen-Howling, who finished the game with a measly 19 rush yards on just six carries.
Long story short; Bell’s ankle injury isn’t the only thing that fantasy football owners have to worry about when it comes to this rookie running back.