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Mike Tomlin sounds positive note on Le’Veon Bell’s recovery

Pittsburgh Steelers v Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 19: Running back Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes the ball during the first half of a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 19, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Thursday that rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is showing positive signs in his recovery from a mid-foot sprain suffered in Monday’s loss at Washington.

Tomlin told reporters that Bell is able to do some physical activity “without discomfort.” Moreover, Tomlin indicated that Bell will not need surgery for the injury.

Tomlin ruled out Bell for Saturday’s preseason game vs. Kansas City and did not offer a timetable for Bell’s return. Also, when asked about the idea of Bell being out six-to-eight weeks, he indicated that a recovery period of that specific length had not been mentioned to him.

With Bell out, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are the Steelers’ top two backs. Redman is currently dealing with a stinger.