The Steelers could be out with Le'Veon Bell their projected starting running back for considerably longer than expected.

Bell has a rare midfoot sprain that's being classified as a Lisfranc injury a source told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday morning and the team is now hoping to have him return in about a month.

As recently as last week Bell had expressed hope of returning for the next game in Cincinnati but coach Mike Tomlin offered no update of any kind in his Tuesday news conference.