Sammie Coates reportedly undergoes hernia surgery

Steelers wideout Sammie Coates toiled through last season with the pain of multiple broken fingers. That wasn't all.

A source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Tuesday that Coates also underwent sports hernia surgery, a setback that never made it onto Pittsburgh's injury report in 2016.

Per Fowler, the injury never kept Coates out of practice and served as more of a "nuisance." The receiver himself confirmed Tuesday that he went under the knife to address a groin injury -- and made it clear the operation was no joyride.

Adding to the intrigue, ESPN reported last month that Coates underwent a procedure to repair his broken fingers, but Fowler on Tuesday confirmed the surgery was for the groin alone.

The league is currently looking into why the Steelers failed to reveal a similar setback to running back Le'Veon Bell, who left the AFC title game against the Patriots with a groin injury that was never mentioned on the team's injury reports.

Bell missed practice time before the New England tilt because of a personal matter, and he told reporters after the season-ending loss that the issue had been bothering him for a couple of weeks.

We'll find out soon enough what the league thinks. As for Coates, he's finally on the mend.

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