Pittsburgh Steelers could be looking for Le'Veon Bell's replacement

By Alex Butler  |  Dec. 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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PITTSBURGH, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- All signs are pointing toward Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell sitting out the AFC wild card round of the NFL playoffs Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Bell as "likely out" this week.

The Steelers invited former Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans running back Ben Tate for a visit Tuesday, according the ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Schefter said the Steelers are "expected to sign him."

Bell, who hyperextended his right knee in a Sunday night victory against the Cincinnati Bengals, ran 290 times this season for 1,361 yards and eight scores while catching 83 passes for 854 yards and three scores.

Bell's MRI revealed no ligament damage to the knee, according to ESPN. Dri Archer and Josh Harris are behind Bell on the Steelers' running back depth chart.

In his post-game press conference, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that "structurally [Bell's knee] appears to be fine."

Bell had 16 touches for 107 total yards in a week 2 loss to the Ravens. He had 15 touches for 58 total yards and a receiving touchdown in the Steelers Nov. 2 win against the Ravens.

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