Colbert: Bell Knee Injury “Encouraging”
PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- Steelers training camp is almost over, but injuries have hit various positions hard.
Running back is the latest position to suffer injuries.
On Thursday, Isaac Redman suffered a stinger and rookie Le’Veon Bell re-injured his knee. However, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told Joe Starkey and Chris Mueller of Starkey, Miller and Mueller that Bell’s injury doesn’t appear to be very serious.
“It’s encouraging, it wasn’t anything of any significance,” Colbert said. “Eventually, it will end up being a day-to-day type of deal.” Colbert added that it was an awkward type of hit where Bell wasn’t expecting it and the defender tried to stop.
Heath Miller remains on the PUP list while rehabbing his injured knee. Colbert said that the team still has some time to decide on whether Miller will start the season on the PUP list.
“He’s progressing,” Colbert said. “We’ll have to make a decision with him at the last cut as to whether we activate him or put him on PUP.” Colbert explained that if Miller goes on the reserve PUP list, he would miss the first six games. But Colbert added that if Miller is activated, that wouldn’t necessarily mean that Miller would be ready for the opener.
The Steelers have signed their own players to contract extensions during past training camps. Colbert told Starkey and Miller that there are a lot of factors that go into whether the team will try to sign a player to an extension.
“You just look at signability going forward, what your options will be either on your own team or what the options are in predicted free agents from other teams being available and signable,” Cobert said. Colbert added that the team hasn’t entered into negotiations with anybody at this point.