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Bell’s uncertain status leaves Steelers vulnerable

December 29, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers may have to start the playoffs without running back Le’Veon Bell.

Bell hyperextended his right knee in the third quarter of Sunday night’s win over Cincinnati and did not return.

Coach Mike Tomlin says Bell’s knee did not sustain any major structural damage, but said it is unclear if Bell will be available when the Steelers host Baltimore in the wild-card round on Saturday.

If Bell can’t play, the running back duties will fall to rookies Josh Harris and Dri Archer. The two ran for a combined 56 yards during the season. Harris had a 60-yard run against the Bengals wiped out due to a penalty.

Harris says he was shocked to see Bell injured, but believes the Steelers can advance without their MVP.


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