Did Steelers hide Le'Veon Bell injury?

Did Steelers hide Le'Veon Bell injury?

All Pro running back Le'Veon Bell, who was coming off a spectacular regular season and had a combined 337 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' first two playoff victories, suffered a groin injury early in the game and couldn't come back with the same effectiveness. But Bell came back in the middle of the second quarter, had his number called for a draw play, gained a mere 2 yards, and then decided he could do no more.

Bell's fresh off one of his best rushing performances of the season as he racked up 170 yards on 30 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC divisional round.

"I had no burst anymore", Bell said of how he felt after getting hurt. But sort of like we used to see when safety Troy Polamalu would get hurt, the rest of Bell's offensive teammates were so deflated by their best player going out it had catastrophic effects on how they played.

"I saw the seam and couldn't hit it", he said. "Today, it just kind of broke the camel's back and I couldn't go". "I was holding the team back".

"I knew", Bell added. "I just couldn't do anything". Brown was able to shake loose for some receptions in the short-to-intermediate passing game, but his game-long catch was a modest 18 yards.

At the beginning of the 2015 campaign, Bell credited Tomlin for not letting him play in the previous year's Wild Card loss to the Baltimore Ravens, despite the running back trying to on what he said was a "60 percent" knee. This is a game I wanted to play in. "This one was just a little different because I got a taste of it, I was out there, I was playing, I just couldn't be myself". It was just, I couldn't overcome it, I couldn't be myself. At that point, I knew I couldn't go.



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