The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed running back Le’Veon Bell on injured reserve and signed Isaiah Pead, the team announced Monday.
The third-year back was running toward the sideline when his right leg became trapped under Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict during a tackle. He then bent backwards and immediately grabbed his leg in pain. Backup DeAngelo Williams took over in his absence.
Pead was a second-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2012 and was released in September during his fourth season with the team. Once considered one of the top backs in his draft class, Pead rushed for 75 yards on 17 carries over his first two seasons before missing 2014–15 due to a torn ACL. He played in two games for the Rams this season, gaining three yards on two carries and losing a fumble.
Bell, a Pro Bowler in 2014, entered Sunday with 103 carries for 511 yards and three touchdowns in five games this season.
The Steelers (4–4) face the Raiders (4–3) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
- Kenny Ducey