Steelers' Le'Veon Bell vows to come back stronger after groin surgery
On Monday, Rapoport reported the Steelers' star running back underwent surgery to fix a core muscle injury. Bell delayed the procedure, and Rapoport indicated last month it was unlikely he needed surgery.
NFL Network reported the surgery repairs a "core muscle" injury and requires about a six-week timetable.
He later revealed he had been playing through the injury for a few weeks, even though the Steelers never included the injury in their reports.
"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers...surgery went really well, and groin already feels better than it did before!" The Steelers should also have plenty of time to assess his health before the July 15 deadline to hammer out a long-term deal with Bell.
Bell was franchise tagged earlier this offseason and is now deep in negotiations with the Steelers over a new long-term contract that will make him the highest paid running back in league history. He had rushed for 100-plus yards in seven of his previous eight games heading into the matchup with New England but finished with just 20 yards on six carries against the Patriots. He racked up 167 yards in a victory over Miami in the AFC wild-card round and bettered that with 170 in the victory over Kansas City in the divisional round.
Bell set franchise single-game rushing records in the first two playoff games.