Steelers coach Mike Tomlin issued a statement this morning saying the team was still awaiting the final diagnosis and the results of a second opinion on the right foot injury rookie running back Le'Veon Bell suffered in Monday's preseason game at Washington.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that Bell's injury is not as serious as the one that will keep tight end Matt Spaeth out for 8-10 weeks, but Bell will miss an extended period.
Tomlin said he will not play in the third preseason game against the Chiefs Saturday.
"Le'Veon had his MRI on Tuesday, and we are still awaiting final diagnosis and results of a second opinion," Tomlin said in the statement. "He will not participate this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs, and I will provide an update once we have received the official results of his tests over the next couple of days."
Bell, the second-round draft choice out of Michigan State, had been elevated on the depth chart last week to a co-starter alongside veteran Isaac Redman.
The Steelers are going through a rough patch with injuries to their running backs. Redman (stinger) and LaRod Stephens-Howling (knee) did not dress for the Washington game and starting fullback Will Johnson (ribs) and reserve running back Baron Batch (stinger) left the Redskins game early.
Tomlin indicated after the game none of the other injuries were serious, but there was no word if any of them would practice later today.
Ray Fittipaldo: firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter: @rayfitt1. First Published August 21, 2013 1:45 PM