Steelers have been overly optimistic on Bell (foot), who will miss another month
It was reported on Tuesday that Bell had yet to resume individual work, which is usually something injured players do well before suiting up for an actual game. On Wednesday, a source told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Bell would miss another month of action, making Tomlin's comments from last week seem like nothing more than a smoke screen.
If Bell does indeed need another month to recover, the timing would actually work out pretty well - the Steelers have three more games before their Week 5 bye. Bell could miss an entire additional month while only missing three games, then be ready to face the Jets in Week 6. Of course, foot injuries - especially of the Lisfranc variety, which Bell has - can be extremely tricky. Even a Week 6 return may be optimistic, but it is at least slightly encouraging that he was recently referred to as a possible Week 2 contributor.
The Steelers will continue to roll with Isaac Redman as their starting running back, while Felix Jones and recently re-signed Jonathan Dwyer will also be in the mix. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy leagues.
Bell's expanded timetable is a bummer for fantasy owners (like myself) who swooped him up upon hearing Tomlin's comments, but he could still end up being a mid/late-round steal if he can get healthy. The Steelers averaged a pathetic 2.1 yards per rushing attempt in their season opener, and they will look to Bell to turn that number around - he'll be in for some massive workloads once in game shape.