Le’Veon Bell is a very talented running back and looks to have a very bright career ahead of him. After missing the first five games of the year with a foot injury he has thrived since his return to action in Week 6. However, he is very lucky to still be standing upright after Thursday night’s game.
For those that do not know, Bell, while attempting to score a touchdown near the goal line, took a hard helmet-to-helmet hit from Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith, causing Bell’s helmet to come flying off and his head to violently slam into the turf. After the hit he stayed on the ground motionless for a few minutes before getting up and walking off the field with the help of the team medical staff. The team has since said he is being evaluated for a possible concussion.
While Bell’s potential concussion is obviously not a good development for him or the Pittsburgh Steelers, it is actually relatively good news given the violent nature of that particular play. When his head hit the turf he fell in such a way that everyone on the field, even Ben Roethlisberger, was holding their collective breath. Even broadcasters were noticeably shaken up and feared the worst after seeing him lying on the field motionless.
Luckily, it looks like as soon as Bell is able to pass his concussion tests — if that is indeed what he is diagnosed with — he will be able to return to the field. The Steelers will certainly need their rookie running back healthy as soon as possible if they are to have any chance of making the playoffs, although that is looking much less likely now that the Ravens beat them this week.