A day after moving atop Pittsburgh’s depth chart at running back, Steelers rookie Le’Veon Bell’s status is in doubt for Monday night’s exhibition game against the Washington Redskins.
Bell aggravated a left knee injury during a training camp practice Thursday. Pittsburgh’s second-round pick out of Michigan State was on the ground for several minutes while being tended by trainers after going down in a pile among multiple defensive players.
Bell was eventually helped off the field and watched the final hour of practice with his knee heavily wrapped. He was not available to the media.
‘FINAL HURDLE’ IN HGH TESTING
The “final hurdle” to testing players for HGH this season apparently involves the NFL and union agreeing on whether commissioner Roger Goodell will hear appeals for violations other than a positive test, according to a person who works for the league.
The information was provided on condition of anonymity because the sides’ talks about the drug policy are supposed to remain confidential.
The person said that while several issues standing in the way of HGH testing have been resolved, “the final hurdle appears to be” the union’s desire to have someone other than Goodell rule on appeals that involve violations of the law or “demonstrated use” of a performance-enhancing substance without a positive test.
KOSAR STANDS BY HIS CRITICISM
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar did not publicly apologize for criticizing Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemens and others during a TV broadcast, and defended the way he analyzes games.
Working as a color commentator for Cleveland’s exhibition game last week, Kosar made harsh comments about Clemens, Rams wide receivers and assistant coach Ray Sherman. St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher took issue with Kosar’s comments and said he had lost respect for Kosar.
During the first 15 minutes of the Browns’ pregame show before Cleveland played host to the Detroit Lions in an exhibition on Thursday, Kosar said there was “no way I would want to disrespect or hurt or make fun of any players or coaches.”
Kosar continued on the subject, saying, “from a football perspective, it is what it is.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady participated fully in the team’s walkthrough with no limping and was throwing normally. Brady had left practice on Wednesday with an apparent left knee injury. … Browns running back Montario Hardesty underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will likely miss at least the first two regular-season games. … The Saints say linebacker Jonathan Vilma traveled to Philadelphia to have arthroscopic knee surgery. … Broncos linebacker Von Miller sat out the final day of training camp to deal with his looming suspension for violating the NFL’s drug-abuse policy, although ESPN reported his appeals hearing was postponed. … The Jets announced that Mark Sanchez will start over rookie Geno Smith, who was hobbled a bit this week with a sprained ankle, for the preseason game against the Jaguars on Saturday. Jaguars coach – former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley – named Blaine Gabbert as his starter. … Dallas guard Ron Leary was sent home for more examinations on a right knee that probably needs surgery. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he hoped to have Leary back at practice in “a couple of weeks.” … Colts Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry is likely to sit out Sunday’s game against the New York Giants because of a knee injury. … Defensive end Antwan Applewhite signed with the Dolphins after an injury-plagued 2012 season with the Panthers.