Coach Mike Tomlin said he is not concerned that rookie running back Le'Veon Bell has injured the same knee that kept him out of the first preseason game last weekend against the New York Giants.
But there might be growing concern if Bell's latest setback keeps him out of the second preseason game Monday night against the Washington Redskins.
On a day the Steelers had already lost their other top running back, Isaac Redman, with a stinger, Bell aggravated his sore knee running a stretch play to the left sideline and fell in a pile of players.
Bell, their second-round draft choice, lay on the field for several minutes before he got up and walked off slowly. He wore an ice pack on his knee for the remainder of practice and was carted from the field at the end of the session.
Asked if he is concerned that Bell injured his knee a second time in 10 days, Tomlin said sharply: "No."
Tomlin added: "He'll be evaluated shortly and we'll have more information regarding his status once we get that evaluation."
Bell had a history of nagging aches at Michigan State but was known as a durable back who played through the injuries. He had a recurring shoulder injury that bothered him his final three games last season, but still had 266 yards on 35 carries at Minnesota.
Redman's stinger came early in practice when he was hit by inside linebacker Larry Foote. The extent of his injury is not known.
"Isaac with the stinger, as soon as he regains strength, he'll be back in participation," Tomlin said.
If Bell and Redman can't play against the Redskins, Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and LaRod Stephens-Howling would get the bulk of the carries. Stephens-Howling got the carries that were supposed to go to Bell in the opener and finished with a team-high 40 yards on seven carries.
Gerry Dulac: firstname.lastname@example.org; twitter: @gerrydulac First Published August 15, 2013 10:15 PM