Around the NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell says injury to left knee not serious

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Jerry Hughes gets ready to take down Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel for one of his two sacks in the Bills’ 20-16 exhibition victory.

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell said the injury to his left knee that he aggravated during practice on Thursday isn’t believed to be serious.

“It’s not too bad, nothing too major,” said Bell, who added there was no ligament tear. “I don’t know the length or period of time, but it’s not as bad as everybody thinks it is.”

Bell a second-round pick from Michigan State and Groveport grad, proved it by dressing in full pads and practicing yesterday in a limited capacity, participating in noncontact work with the other running backs. He sat out all team drills.

“He’s got a clean bill of health, so it’s time to get back out here and start the process of readying himself for the game like all other healthy men,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

Bell’s status for the team’s second exhibition game on Monday night at Washington remains unknown, but he said he hopes to see action.

“I’m going to try my best,” Bell said. “I can’t make any promises, but we’re going to see.”

Bell pulled up following a running play during a noncontact team drill on Thursday when a group of defensive players dropped him to the ground. Bell fell to the grass and stayed on his back for several minutes while trainers examined his left knee.

“I just remember running the ball, I kind of started slowing down and I got hit,” Bell said. “ Guys are strong and big out here, so they kind of knocked me off balance and I fell awkwardly on my leg.”

LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS

Patriots 25, Buccaneers 21: Two days after suffering a sprained left knee, Tom Brady completed his first 11 passes before missing his last one and threw a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola for host New England. Brady played the first two series.

Bills 20, Vikings 16: Rookie EJ Manuel continued to inch his way toward securing the starting job after veteran Kevin Kolb struggled in the first half, completing 10 of 12 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown for host Buffalo. Kolb completed 10 of 17 passes for 66 yards with an interception. He was booed several times after incompletions.

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