Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell joined SI Now on Thursday, where host Maggie Gray asked him about the knee injury that kept him from playing in his team's first-round playoff loss.
Bell said he thought the hit was a result of the NFL's crackdown on high hits.
"I wouldn't necessarily say it was a dirty hit," Bell said. "I just think the hit was a product of the NFL rule. Guys are trying to protect their paycheck. They don't want to hit high and get fined."
"When got hit in my knee, it was such a scary thing for me," Bell added. "For me, I would rather get hit in the head and get a concussion for one or two weeks, rather than get hit in my knee and be out for the whole year."
- Dan Gartland