The Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt another cruel injury blow yesterday when Le'Veon Bell suffered a torn ACL.
And today, with the star running back officially ruled out for the season having been placed on the Injured Reserve list, the franchise have moved to sign a replacement.
Announcing the move on their official website, the Steelers confirmed the arrival of Isaiah Pead - the 25-year-old former St. Louis Rams RB.
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Pead was the fourth running back taken off the board in the 2012 NFL Draft after impressing during four years at Cincinnati. But, after spending three years as a backup in St. Louis, he was cut by the Rams in September.
He is likely to fill a similar role in Pittsburgh for the remainder of 2015, with D'Angelo Williams and Dri Archer ahead of him on the depth chart.
Having only played a limited number of snaps in recent seasons, Pead has rushed for 75 yards at an average of 4.4 yards-per-carry. A pass-catching back, he also has 94 receiving yards in the NFL.
No matter who Pittsburgh brought in today, though, they had no chance of replacing the production of Bell.
He was second in all-purpose yards in 2014 and, after missing the first two games of this season through suspension, had already racked up 692 total yards this time around.
Having already been affected by injuries to key players such as Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey in 2015, the Steelers will be cursing their luck on the injury front.
Steelers fans: Can your team still make the playoffs without Bell? Let us know in the comments below...
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