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Bell's uncertain status leaves Steelers vulnerable

Bell's knee injury clouds running back picture as Steelers prepare for Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs into Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) during the first half an NFL football game S...
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is hit by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the second quarter of an NFL foo...

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs into Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) during the first half an NFL football game S...

Bengals Steelers Football

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is hit by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the second quarter of an NFL foo...

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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Updated : 2021-04-10 22:32 GMT+08:00