The Steelers bypassed Alabama's Eddie Lacy in the draft this year because of his history of injuries even though many scouts rated him the best halfback available.

Instead they selected halfback Le'Veon Bell in the second round after his workhorse career at Michigan State where he played 40 games in three seasons.

Sometimes things just don't work out as planned.

Bell will miss up to six weeks with a small ligament tear in his right foot that should not need surgery although a second reading of his MRI by an independent podiatrist in North Carolina was pending.

Coach Mike Tomlin declined to talk about Bell's injury Wednesday. The foot was injured on the final play of the first series of the second preseason game Monday night against the Washington Redskins. Bell held out of the first game with a knee injury ran four times for nine yards.

In the meantime Lacy is the talk of Green Bay after his NFL running debut Saturday night produced 40 yards on eight carries against the St. Louis Rams. The Packers drafted Lacy in the second round seven spots after the Steelers picked Bell.

"They got a steal getting [Lacy] where they got him" the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted an NFL scout. "I thought he was going to go earlier. He's as advertised."

It's way too early to judge whether the Packers got the best of the two rookie halfbacks but what looked like the safer pick by the Steelers has a serious foot injury after playing just one series on offense in the preseason. The Steelers now will turn to Isaac Redman and/or Jonathan Dwyer to carry the running game.

"You always want an opportunity but you don't want it because someone got hurt" Dwyer said. "We all want a fair competition."

Injuries played a large part in the Steelers' running game last season or the lack thereof and they're invading their backfield again. LaRod Stephens-Howling missed the game in Washington with a knee strain and there is no word on when he will return.