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Pittsburgh Steelers want to keep Le'Veon Bell despite injuries

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell entered the NFL as a future prospect that could become one of the best running backs in the league.

Since being drafted back in 2013 though, suspensions and injuries have affected how many games Bell has been able to play.

In 2015, the 23-year-old missed the final eight games of the regular season and both postseason games because of a knee injury he picked up against the Cincinnati Bengals.


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Alongside the fact he missed last season's playoffs too due to knee problems and the foot injury he had during his rookie year, Bell hasn't made it through any of his three seasons so far in the league without being hurt at least once.

However, this hasn't deterred the Steelers from wanting to sign a contract extension to his name, as team president Art Rooney II has said the running back “will still be a great player,” but the franchise is unsure if any new deal will take place before the new season.

He said, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via Pro Football Talk: "[Bell] is somebody we would like to continue to have on the team for the long run. I don’t think we are sitting here waiting to see something from Le’Veon.

"I think we’ve seen enough. It is going to come down to how his contract fits in with others. It is kind of a jigsaw puzzle."

Bell's rookie contract expires at the end of the 2016 season, and while his form has been good on the field, his time off it due to injury will have an effect on how big his payday is.

The 23-year-old might not want to renegotiate his contract off the back of another injury in order to make a statement next season for more money than what he would be offered now. 

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