Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 25 Days

Bell indicated Monday that his injured knee feels good enough for him to play in the NFL Pro Bowl later this month, ESPN.com reports.

Bell missed this past Saturday's playoff loss to the Ravens with a hyperextended right knee, but he believes that he would have been able to play this coming weekend, had the Steelers advanced. In any case, Bell's knee won't be an issue as the 2015 season approaches, at which time he'll reprise his duties as Pittsburgh's top back, on the heels of an outstanding 2014 campaign in which carried 290 times for 1,361 yards and eight TDs, while also catching 83 passes for 854 yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 28 Days

The Steelers have ruled Bell (knee) out for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens, the team's official site reports.

With Bell out this weekend, ESPN.com notes that Josh Harris is in line to start in his place, with Dri Archer and the recently-signed Ben Tate, to a lesser degree, also in the mix for touches in the Steelers' backfield on Saturday.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 29 Days

Bell (knee) did not practice Thursday, Bob Labriola of Steelers.com reports.

Bell, who suffered a hyperextended knee against the Bengals in Week 17, thus remains iffy for Saturday's wild card game against the Ravens. If Bell is unable to play in the contest, ESPN.com indicates that Josh Harris would be in line to start in his place, with Dri Archer and newcomer Ben Tate, to a lesser degree, also in the mix for touches in the Steelers' backfield.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month

Though Bell (right knee) did not practice Wednesday, he said that he is feeling better than he did on Monday or Tuesday, the Steelers' official site reports. "I just did little things in the training room, tried to test it a little bit, see how it was," Bell noted Wednesday. "I feel really good. I didn't expect to be feeling this well this early. But I am, so I'm just going to take it day by day and see where it goes."

Bell acknowledged that his knee is "sore, obviously, from Sunday," but relayed that he was able to get some bike work in on Wednesday, while adding that he also "ran a little bit." More on the running back's status Thursday, but at this stage Bell indicated that he "can't put a percentage" on his chances of suiting up Saturday against the Ravens. Consider him iffy, at best, for the contest.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month

When asked about his status for Saturday's game against the Ravens, Bell -- who suffered a hyperextended knee in Week 17 -- acknowledged "obviously, I'm taking it day-by-day," NFL.com reports.

The report indicates that Bell was spotted Wednesday walking "with no discernible limp." Still, while the running back suggests that he is feeling "great" at this stage, he remains very iffy for this weekend's action, with the Steelers having added Ben Tate to bolster their backfield depth behind healthy options, Josh Harris and Dri Archer.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month

As Bell tries to recover from a hyperextended right knee in time for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens, free agent running back Ben Tate is visiting with the Steelers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The visit isn't a good sign for Bell's chances of suiting up, which already seemed to be south of 50 percent, based on a pessimistic consensus from the Pittsburgh beat reporters. If Tate is signed, he'd join a backfield consisting of rookies Dri Archer and Josh Harris, the two of whom combined for just 19 carries this season. With minimal time to get ready, Tate would probably serve in a backup role, despite having far more experience than the team's other options. Having said all that, Bell has not been ruled out for Saturday's game.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month

An MRI on Bell's right knee did not reveal any ligament damage, ESPN.com reports.

While that's definitely good news for the running back overall, the report suggests that it will be difficult for Bell to play in Saturday's playoff opener against the Bengals. Next up for the Steelers' carries in the event that Bell is out, or limited at all, this weekend are Dri Archer and Josh Harris, though it's also possible that the team could add additional backfield depth as the week rolls along.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month

Bell has been diagnosed with a hyperextended right knee, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he is unsure whether the star running back will be able to play in Saturday's wild-card game against the Ravens, ESPN's Scott Brown reports.

The early diagnosis is a favorable one for the Steelers, after Bell took a hard hit to the knee during the third quarter of Sunday's game. He was deemed doubtful to return, and he never made it back into the contest. More information should be available throughout the week, as Bell's health will undoubtedly be one of the top storylines for the first round of the playoffs. The star running back ran for just 20 yards on eight carries in Sunday's regular-season finale, but he caught six passes for 80 yards. If Bell is unable to suit up for Saturday's game against the arch-rival Ravens, Pittsburgh will have to go with the untested duo of Dri Archer and Josh Harris. The team may also take a look into free agency, though the options aren't very appealing at this point in the season.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month

Bell left Sunday's game against the Bengals in the third quarter with a right knee injury, and he is doubtful to return to the contest, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

After hauling in his sixth reception of the night, Bell took a hard shot to the right knee from Bengals safety Reggie Nelson. Bell was down on the field for a minute, and while he was able to walk off under his own power, he was also sporting a noticeable limp. The Steelers have shaky depth at running back, with Bell backed up by undersized third-round rookie Dri Archer and rookie UDFA Josh Harris. If Bell misses the rest of the game, he'll finish with six catches for 80 yards, along with eight carries for 20 yards.

Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month

Bell had 20 carries for 63 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as one catch on two targets for nine receiving yards during Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

While his rushing yards have been diminished lately (110 yards in the last two games combined), Bell continues to find the end zone, as his score Sunday was his eighth in the last five games. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Bengals, who are allowing the 10th-most rushing yards per game this season, while only three teams have allowed more rushing touchdowns.