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Le'Veon Bell's injury will impact more than just RBs
The injury to rookie Le’Veon Bell does more than just create a problem at running back.
Bell is expected to be out at least several weeks, most likely into the start of the regular season with a mid-foot injury that has not been completely diagnosed, which means the Steelers will carry another injured player who cannot play when they cut to their 53-man roster.
They are already going to do that with tight end Heath Miller, who is recovering from ACL surgery, and will probably do the same with backup tight end Matt Spaeth, who is out at last eight to 10 weeks with a Lisfranc sprain in his foot.
The Steelers could elect to place Spaeth on the injured reserve/designated for return list, which means he would be eligible to return after eight weeks. That is the designation they used last year for No. 1 pick David DeCastro.
But teams may use that option only once, and the Steelers may not want to use that on a backup tight end. They might choose to keep that option open in case a more valuable player gets injured.