Le'Veon Bell having groin surgery but should be ready for OTAs

20170120mfsteelerssports07-6 Le'Veon Bell headed to a high school prom in Wisconsin

The Steelers running back underwent successful surgery on his groin Monday, and said he is already feeling better.

Bell posted a photo Monday morning on his Snapchat account from a hospital bed before the surgery.

NFL Network reported that the surgery was to fix a "core muscle" injury that will require about a six-week timetable.

Bell left the AFC Championship game with what he later described as a groin injury that had been nagging down the stretch of the season. The Steelers had been waiting to see if the injury would heal on its own. The NFL is investigating why Pittsburgh did not list Bell on the injury report during the postseason. Bell finished last season with 1,268 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, as well as 618 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Without Bell in the backfield, the Steelers went on to lose 36-17 to the eventual Super Bowl champions. Under the franchise tag, the Steelers are only on the line for $12.1 million for the 2017 season. He racked up 167 yards in a victory over Miami in the AFC wild-card round and bettered that with 170 in the victory over Kansas City in the divisional round.

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