Le'Veon Bell isn't taking any chances coming back from his season-ending MCL injury in 2015.
The Pittsburgh Steelers' star running back suffered a torn MCL on Nov. 1 in a 16-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Bell says he's following doctors orders to-a-tee when it comes to rehabbing the injury.
"I have been sticking to the Ultra G to start. That is what they have been telling me to do," Bell said via the Steelers' official website. "I am just making sure I do what they tell me to do so I don't hurt my knee on my own. I am being real conservative with it. There are times when I am in the hallway that I will just run down the hall because I want to do it, I want to feel that. I don't run around the track or anything like that or get a workout in.
"The only thing I'm not cleared for is cutting and sprinting."
The 24-year-old rushed for 556 yards and three touchdowns on a 4.9 yards per carrybefore suffering the injury on a hit from Bengals' linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Bell is running but is being monitored closely by team doctors, all the while working towards being back to game shape. He isn't trying to overwork his injured knee at this point in his rehab.
"It hasn't hurt at all," Bell said. "I wasn't limping, I didn't think about it. I just got on there and did it. That is good for me. I didn't feel sore the next day. I feel like I am headed in the right direction."
Although running back running back DeAngelo Williams performed very admirably in Bell's absence in 2015, the Steelers' offense is undeniably better when Bell is healthy. For his part he can't wait to get back on the field in 2016.
"It's been a long time since I ran out of the tunnel, got ready for a game, listened to my pregame music," Bell said. "I can only imagine how I am going to feel. I know some people will look forward to seeing me back playing. I look forward to getting back. I can't wait to play. That is going to get me even more amped up."
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