NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Bell is expected to miss the rest of the season with a badly torn MCL and other damage, according to a source informed of the injury. Bell was hurt during Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
This is a brutal dose of news for the Steelers, coming on the same day that their realistic chance to win the AFC North evaporated. Now they have to worry about surviving without what we believe is the best running back in the entire league.
The Steelers are unfortunately getting used to playing big games without Bell. He missed the team's playoff loss to the Ravens in January due to a knee injury, and missed the first two games of the season due to a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
It goes without saying Bell cannot be replaced. But the Steelers do have an excellent backup in DeAngelo Williams, who combined for 194 rushing yards and three scores in his two starts in place of Bell. Unfortunately, the Steelers line is a bit banged up and Roethlisberger is trying to get back to form after a knee injury. Williams is a must-add if he's on your wire. A lot more may fall on Ben's shoulders as well as the receivers as the team tries to make up for the loss of Bell.