Running backs Josh Harris, Ben Tate, and Dri Archer are officially tasked with taking on the fourth-best run defense in the NFL, Saturday.
The Steelers MVP running back Le'Veon Bell has been ruled out, per Steelers Digest Editor Bob Labriola, after failing to practice this week.
Bell hyperextended his knee Week 17 as Bengals safety Reggie Nelson went low on him after Bell caught a pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger over the middle. Bell had shown optimism throughout the week that he may be available, but the overall feeling was that Bell wouldn't be ready for the first round of the playoffs just six days after the injury.
Without Bell, Harris, Tate, and even Archer will be tasked with carrying the load. Harris is expected to be given the start since he has been with the team all season. But Tate, a fourth-year back who was signed earlier this week, brings experience that both Harris and Archer can't bring since they are both rookies.
Since there was reportedly no ligament damage to Bell's knee, the Steelers hope they can get by this week without their MVP running back.