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Steelers RB Bell injures his knee

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers barely got a chance to welcome Ben Roethlisberger back from a knee injury before RB Le'Veon Bell went down with what appeared to be a major injury to his right knee Sunday against the Bengals.

Bell caught a short pass from Roethlisberger in the second quarter and was brought down by Cincinnati LB Vontaze Burfict and S Reggie Nelson. Bell's right knee extended violently to the outside and might have also twisted backward.

The versatile Bell missed the first two games of the season because of a violation of the league's substance abuse policy but came back in strong form with 511 rushing yards, 123 receiving yards and three touchdowns in five games before Sunday.

Over for Steve Smith? Ravens WR Steve Smith injured his right leg in the third quarter against San Diego. Coach John Harbaugh said Smith suffered a torn Achilles tendon and is out for the season. Smith, the team's leading receiver who announced in training camp that the 2015 season would be his last, was injured near the end of a 17-yard, third-down completion.

Lockette injury: Seattle WR Ricardo Lockette sustained a concussion, but had movement in all of his extremities after being taken off the field on a stretcher when knocked down by a vicious hit on a punt return late in the first half against the Cowboys. Lockette was carted off and his facemask was removed. He could be seen talking while moving both hands and pointed his right hand toward his Seattle teammates on the sideline, then thrust his index finger high into the air. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Lockette would stay overnight in Dallas for more observation.

Bears: RB Matt Forte left with a right knee injury; the team didn't provide details after the game. … Jay Cutler threw for a touchdown, giving him 137 with the team to tie Sid Luckman's club record.

Bengals: QB Andy Dalton's 23rd road victory matched Dan Marino, Matt Ryan and Roethlisberger for most by a quarterback in his first five seasons in the Super Bowl era.

Browns: CB Joe Haden and S Donte Whitner sustained concussions on consecutive plays in the third quarter. … QB Josh McCown took a shot to his already tender ribs in the second half. The former Buc had X-rays but would not divulge the results.

49ers: RB Reggie Bush was carted off with a knee injury after slipping on concrete near the stands on a punt return. NFL Network reported that Bush tore his ACL.

Steelers: Roethlisberger became the fifth active quarterback to throw for 40,000 yards, joining Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Eli Manning.

Texans: OLB Jadeveon Clowney left against the Titans twice after injuring his back.

Times wires


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NFL news and notes 11/01/15 [Last modified: Sunday, November 1, 2015 9:57pm]
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