The Pittsburgh Steelers have just had the worst luck so far in the 2015 NFL season.
After being without star running back Le'Veon Bell for the first two games of the season thanks to a suspension, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missing several games through injury, the Steelers must have been rueing the NFL gods and wondering what they had done to deserve such rough justice in the ever-tough AFC North.
Well, things have gotten much worse for Mike Tomlin's side as it has been revealed that the aforementioned Bell will now miss the rest of the season.
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Steelers fans and NFL watchers in general, held their collective breath after Le'Veon suffered a nasty looking injury against the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday. Bell's knee was twisted into an inhuman position in a tackle and the running back seemed to be in serious pain.
The Steelers were optimistic, however, that Bell hadn't done any serious damage to his ACL.
Badly Torn MCL
They were right, the Pro Bowler's ACL went unhurt. What they didn't account for was his MCL being badly damaged and completely severing.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Bell has a “badly torn” MCL, along with other damage to the knee.
The Steelers will now have to rely on DeAngelo Williams to be their starting running back. Williams impressed when deputising for Bell at the start of the year, but the loss of the former Michigan State standout will be huge.
Pittsburgh sit second in the AFC North with a 4-4 record, behind the still-unbeaten Bengals who are at 7-0 after yesterday's win.