As Mike Tomlin addressed the media in his weekly news conference, he said he was encouraged by Bell's progress and the relieving news that there is no structural damage to Bell's knee. Although Bell's status is being predicted by many, Tomlin stated he's not willing to close the door on his availability this week.
Bell's participation, or lack thereof, in practice this week ultimately will point to whether he'll be suiting up this Saturday or not. If Bell is unable to play, rookie Josh Harris would sit atop the RB depth chart and Dri Archer would be the primary backup RB.
Tomlin also left the status of Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor up in the air for this Saturday's playoff game. With the continuity developing on the defensive side of the football, it's questionable whether Tomlin would make a change even if Polamalu and Taylor are fully healthy. Will Allen and Antwon Blake have been solid in their stints filling in for the injured veterans.
Matt Spaeth had no setbacks from his hyper-extended elbow and looks set to play this Saturday.
The Steelers host the Ravens on Saturday night at Heinz Field for an 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff. The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced the game is already sold out.