Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/23/13
The Pittsburgh Steelers running back situation got a bit more interesting in recent days. Draft pick and hopeful starter, Le’veon Bell was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury and is speculated to miss 6-8 weeks. The good news is he won’t need to have surgery and the injury will heal on it’s own. After hearing this news it looked as if the team would be heading into the season with the same crew they had last season with the exception of LaRod Stephens-Howling. This isn’t the case though as the Steelers have made a trade for Philadelphia Eagles running back, Felix Jones. The Steelers traded promising OLB Adrien Robinson to acquire Jones. Jones’ chances of making it on the Eagles roster weren’t looking good, with no use for the running back it was easy for him to be traded over. Even with Jones now finding himself on the Steelers, there’s no guarantee he’ll lock up a roster spot with them either. I think this is an interesting move by the Steelers. I don’t believe Felix Jones is the answer for replacing Bell. He is nothing more than depth added to the backfield. I don’t think it was necessary to bring in Jones with Issac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Stephens-Howling and Baron Batch; the depth was looking to be solid. The only explanation I could see is that Stephens-Howling’s knee is more troublesome than we believe it to be. When I heard the news about Bell I become very eager to see what the Steelers would do in their third preseason game. I assume Redman will get the start but I was really wanting this to boost the chances of Stephens-Howling getting more playing time. However, the team brings in Jones and Jones is not coming in to play special teams, he’s here to be a pure running back. Perhaps Stephens-Howling’s is worse off than we thought and Jones is now here to fill in for him. If that’s the case I can justify the Steelers actions of trading for him. If Jones was brought in, in the hopes that he’d be a key replacement for Bell, I’m not buying into that. Jones hasn’t be a significant player in the NFL for quite sometime and I don’t believe he ever will be. My eyes will be focused on Jones’ performance against the Kansas City Chiefs to see if bringing him in was worth anything. If Stephens-Howling’s injury isn’t significant I would very much like to see him compete to be a featured back during the absence of Bell. The Steelers running back carousel just keeps spinning around and around. What say you Steelers Nation, is bringing in Jones a good move by the team?
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