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Steelers Injury Report: Mike Tomlin leaving the door open for Le'Veon Bell vs. the Ravens

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for their first playoff game since 2012, and they might be doing so without their team MVP, Le'Veon Bell.

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As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card round this Saturday at Heinz Field, the question of whether Le'Veon Bell will be available still remains.

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.

Ben Tate, who played for the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings in 2014 did visit the facility Tuesday, but has not been signed as yet.

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.