Le'Veon Bell has vowed he will come back stronger after the Pittsburgh Steelers star underwent surgery on his troublesome groin injury.
The running back reportedly aggravated his groin in the AFC Championship Game in January, which led to him being benched during the Steelers' loss to the New England Patriots, who went on to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in a thrilling Super Bowl.
Bell has now had surgery on the issue and took to Twitter on Monday to thank his well-wishers.
"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers...surgery went really well, and groin already feels better than it did before!" He wrote on Twitter.
"I'll be stronger!"
I appreciate everyone's thoughts & prayers...surgery went really well, & groin already feels better than it did before! I'll be stronger! ??-- Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) March 13, 2017
After the defeat to the Patriots, Bell revealed he had been playing through the injury for a few weeks, even though the Steelers did not include the injury in their reports.
The NFL launched an investigation into why Pittsburgh omitted Bell's injury, which remains open.
Clearly the organisation expects Bell to return to tip-top shape. Last month the Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell for 2017, which will make him a cool $12.7 million if they do not reach a long-term contract agreement by July 15.